Is Mars Ours?

Synthetic Genetic Shakespeares

Jeremy Vaeni, Our, has published a conversation we had examining the intersection of ethics, microbiology and space exploration.

The crash landing on the Moon of a probe carrying unusual cargo, tardigrades (1), sparked our discussion. However, both Jeremy and I have have visited the general topic of space exploration ethics (focused on Mars) in several previous Word Press blog postswhich may be viewed on JayVay and Synthetic Genetic Shakespeares.

Is Mars Ours?

The landing of a new Mars rover, articles offering hypotheses about whether that planet has a living biosphere along with speculation how humans might exploit the resources of this world remind us momentous decisions are ahead (2, 3). Will scientists be able to discern the history of life on the Red Planet before humans colonize and disturb that environment? If we discover a living planet will we respect its collective right to exist? Or…

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How Will You Review? A Fun International Challenge Awaits!

Alright, folks, the gauntlet has been thrown. Joe Gooch, who has given us the likes of this:

And this:

Has promised to do a book review in the form of an expressive dance. With any bit of luck he will be wearing a breathable, supportive unitard in a color that best compliments his figure. Or lime green.

Now look, I recognize that my book isn’t going to get the most reviews on Amazon–that hard work is usually reserved for lesser authors who pander to their audience and haven’t gotten themselves blacklisted from their field. Authors who are not me, in other words. But, in similar words, while I’m no panderer, I’m also no stranger to begging. I’m begging you: please leave a review. Books on Amazon live and die based on feedback from anonymous readers and so I’d love for you to review it. Yeah, even if you don’t like it–as long as there is constructive criticism in there, I’m all for it.

But what I’m really for, this go-round, is the idea that while I will not have the most reviews, I can have the coolest. So, if you’re game and you don’t want to merely write a straightfoward review (which is equally welcome!), consider trying to top Joe Gooch. What’s the funniest, whackiest, or just plain coolest way you can think of to leave your mark on my Amazon page?

Scratch-N-Sniff over computer still isn’t a thing, sadly.

If you don’t wanna review it for Amazon but you decide to post one somewhere else–on your blog, for instance–please let me know about it. It would be amazing to see these quirky works of review art popping up where we least expect them.