Yes, that's true.
My initial interest in it was based on my early exposure to science
shows or miniseries, like Nova, Cosmos or The Nature of Things, that
sometimes depicted hypothetical stuff like that.
I still enjoy "hypothetical pseudodocumentary science", which has
included Walking With the Dinosaurs (I think that's the title) and two
others of similar, computer-3D-animated style, where one was about
future of life on earth and what it might look like, as well as a
hypothetical alien planet.
On some levels, I think these kinds of shows are preferred over the
regular Hollywoody sci-fi fare.
In my essay, I mention McKay:
Thanks for that. I note the developing ethical debate in the event of
finding any life on prospective targets for terraforming. What's curious to
me is that it doesn't appear that anyone has taken issue with the position
that, just because we can, we should impose life on lifeless places. Maybe
that will come later. It seems a bit 'life-ist" to me ; )
I'm imagining that this question will become *the* ethical question of the
"Should we, just because we can?"
Yes, I was aware of that question, although I forget what position I
took, if any, on it at the time I wrote the essay...
Off the cuff, I'd mention a concern about all the species we're
ostensibly killing off right here under our very feet... Which reminds
me of a poem I wrote around that time:
Stepping on them now.
The stones in our crossing
Of a shallow, fast-moving river
With many a careless step,
Some fragile stones are crushed
Beneath stumbling footwork
Fossils to study at a later date,
Lessons of failure
Their descendents might have had
Our abusive privileges
The river grows wider,
The stones become fewer and far between
As our worried feet get wetter...
Will we create our own stepping stones?
Or fall in, to join the thunder-lizards
Of our making?
Or become the stones, themselves,
Stepped upon by our
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