From: Ryan Costa
Location: Cleveland, OH
It is popular to write about colonizing outer space or another planet after The Earth isn't worth sticking around on.
A funnier Idea would be to hide out in suspended animation or Doc Savage's immortality pills on Earth for a few hundred or thousand years. However long it takes for most of humanity to die out and enormous quantities of easily harvested wildlife to regrow. Oh wait, this is a comedy.....it would be funnier to hide out long enough for geologic processes to endow us with a vast quantity of easily retrieved oil and natural gas. Ha.
From: Greg Bear
Sounds a bit like the Rich Bastard's scheme in SLANT... With robot servants, of course.
The thing that seems to escape most people when coming up with such ideas is that the technological capacity required to enable them, ironically, gives the option of transcending them. It's all mental, kiddies.
I'm not sure what you are referring to technology enabling us to do or transcend.
From: Greg Bear
Well, presumably if we could hang around for a few hundred or thousand years, we'd have some power supply other than oil. And perhaps the technological prowess to get around any other material shortages! (I'm reminded of the pit-monster on Tatooine, who can digest you for a thousands of years--hm! Must somehow make you live longer to be digested longer...)
From: ryan costa
Location: cleveland, OH
Oh. In this instance I wasn't thinking of "we" as all of humanity, or basing the premise on a superior power supply. I'm not sure the place(Earth) would turn into a prettier picture if such things were possible: it would probably be more like that depicted in Nancy Kress' Beggars and Choosers novel, only more crowded, cruel, tragic, and twisted.
It would just be fun to have landed on an unpeopled and resource rich New England or Pacific Northwest with a modern understanding of chemistry, mechanics, metalurgy, and medicine with a few hundred friends. I mean, the Fishing was a lot better then and there was plenty of timber, but there wasn't great fishing gear or saws.
Location: Winter Park, FL
Ryan - that sounds a little like what they're doing in Fiji right now: http://www.tribewanted.com/
No modern tools, perhaps, but modern knowledge can be applied.
From: Greg Careaga
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
S.M. Sterling explored the theme of 'developing' virgin territory with modern technology in his novel CONQUISTADOR. I struggled mightily to suspend disbelief and accept his premise for dimensional travel but once I cleared that hurdle there was much to enjoy.