Papa Can’t Buy You A Brand New Earth

“For decades, science fiction has viewed outer space as the great, and final, hope, the wildest Wild West, a blank canvas where we can deposit our trash and refuel space crafts and expand human civilization. As far as we know, Earthlings are the only humans in the universe, so the problems that typically accompany new colonies—unequal power, cultural imperialism, and genocide—aren’t at play, at least not in any kind of familiar way. Of course, exactly what does exist out there is still to be determined. Space, as any Trekkie will confirm, is “The Final Frontier,” and we don’t even know how little we know.”

I wrote about lullabies, Interstellar, and climate change for Public Books. Check it out!

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One thought on “Papa Can’t Buy You A Brand New Earth

  1. Finally took the time to read this. You are equally great at writing non-fiction An! I love that you started and ended with “Hush Little Baby”. And genuine brain ache is a great description of what happens when you think about all that needs to change.

    KUDOS once again. xoxo

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