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Merchants of Despair traces the pedigree of this ideology and exposes its deadly consequences in startling and horrifying detail. The book names the chief prophets and promoters of antihumanism over the last two centuries, from Thomas Malthus through Paul Ehrlich and Al Gore. It exposes the worst crimes perpetrated by the antihumanist movement, including eugenics campaigns in the United States and genocidal anti-development and population-control programs around the world.
Combining riveting tales from history with powerful policy arguments, Merchants of Despair provides scientific refutations to antihumanism’s major pseudo-scientific claims, including its modern tirades against nuclear power, pesticides, population growth, biotech foods, resource depletion, industrial development, and, most recently, fear-mongering about global warming. Merchants of Despair exposes this dangerous agenda and makes the definitive scientific and moral case against it.
Now with the advent of a revolutionary new plan, all this has changed. Leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin has crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct, presented here with illustrations, photographs, and engaging anecdotes.
The Case for Mars is not a vision for the far future or one that will cost us impossible billions. It explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within ten years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface with Martian natural resources; how we can build bases and settlements; and how we can one day "terraform" Mars; a process that can alter the atmosphere of planets and pave the way for sustainable life.
—Carl Sagan, The Denver Post
If you ever daydream about space travel and human space flight—or hope to one day rove the Red Planet alongside Curiosity—then MARS DIRECT will teach you how we can get there
The human race is at a crossroads. In the coming decades, we will make decisions regarding our human spaceflight program that will lead to one of two familiar futures: the open universe of Star Trek, where we allow ourselves the opportunity to spread our wings and attempt to flourish as an interplanetary species—or the closed, dystopian, and ultimately self-destructive world of Soylent Green, constantly at war with one another over humanity’s “limited” resources. If we plan to survive ourselves and one day travel to the stars, the human race’s next stepping-stone must be a manned mission to and the eventual colonization of Mars.
In this four-part e-special, Mars Society founder Dr. Robert Zubrin details the challenges of a manned Earth-to-Mars mission. Challenges which, according to Zubrin, we are technologically more prepared to overcome than the obstacles of the missions to the moon of the sixties and seventies. Dr. Zubrin’s relatively simple plan, called Mars Direct, could feasibly have humans on the surface of Mars within a decade. Zubrin also discusses the current predicament of NASA, the promise of privatized space flight from companies like SpaceX, and the larger implication behind the absolute necessity to open the final frontier and transform from a planetary society into an interplanetary society. Our future as a species requires us to take baby steps away from the cradle that is planet Earth or, ultimately, perish here.
Well, why not? Mars, after all, is the planet that holds the greatest promise for human colonization. But why speculate about the possibilities when you can get the real scientific scoop from someone who’s been happily living and working there for years? Straight from the not-so-distant future, this intrepid pioneer’s tips for physical, financial, and social survival on the Red Planet cover:
• How to get to Mars (Cycling spacecraft offer cheap rides, but the smell is not for everyone.)
• Choosing a spacesuit (The old-fashioned but reliable pneumatic Neil Armstrong style versus the sleek new—but anatomically unforgiving—elastic “skinsuit.”)
• Selecting a habitat (Just like on Earth: location, location, location.)
• Finding a job that pays well and doesn’t kill you (This is not a metaphor on Mars.)
• How to meet the opposite sex (Master more than forty Mars-centric pickup lines.)
With more than twenty original illustrations by Michael Carroll, Robert Murray, and other renowned space artists, How to Live on Mars seamlessly blends humor and real science, and is a practical and exhilarating guide to life on our first extraterrestrial home.
1. Human Mars Exploration: The Time Is Now
Robert Zubrin 4
2. Acceptable Risk: The Human Mission to Mars
Jack Stuster 14
3. To Boldly Go: A One-Way Human Mission to Mars
Dirk Schulze-Makuch and Paul Davies 20
4. Our Destiny – A Space Faring Civilization?
Edgar D. Mitchell and Robert Staretz 28
5. Apollo on Mars: Geologists Must Explore the Red Planet
Harrison H. Schmitt 36
6. Humans on Mars: Why Mars? Why Humans?
Joel S. Levine, James B. Garvin, and David W. Beaty 50
7. Martian Biological Investigations and the Search for Life.
Joel S. Levine, James B. Garvin, and Peter T. Doran 56
8. Mars, Human Factors and Behavioral Health
Albert A. Harrison and Edna R. Fiedler 69
9. Psychosocial Adaptation to a Mars Mission
Edna R. Fiedler and Albert A Harrison 77
10. Stress & the Psychology & Culture of Crew & Astronaut
Sheryl L. Bishop 86
11. Mars: Anticipating the Next Great Exploration.
Psychology, Culture and Camaraderie, Peter Suedfeld 99
12. Expedition to Mars: Psychological, Interpersonal, and
13. Sex On Mars: Pregnancy, Fetal Development, and Sex In Outer Space
Rhawn Joseph 114
14. Effects of Long-Duration Spaceflight, Microgravity,
and Radiation on the Neuromuscular, Sensorimotor, and
R. Dana Carpenter, Thomas F. Lang, Susan A. Bloomfield,
Jacob J. Bloomberg, Stefan Judex, Joyce H. Keyak,
Ronald J. Midura, Paola Divieti Pajevic, and Jordan M. Spatz 135
15. The Integration of Planetary Protection Requirements
and Medical Support on a Mission to Mars
John D. Rummel, Margaret S. Race,
Catharine A. Conley and David R. Liskowsky 152
16. Infection Risk of a Human Mission to Mars
Mihai G. Netea, Frank L. van de Veerdonk,
Marc Strous, and Jos W.M. van der Meer 160
17. Location, Location, Location! Lava Caves on Mars for Habitat, Resources, and the Search for Life
Penelope J. Boston 169
18. The Mars Homestead For An Early Mars Scientific Settlement
Bruce Mackenzie1, Georgi Petrov, Bart Leahy, and Anthony Blair 189
19. Marketing Mars: Financing the Human Mission to Mars
and the Colonization of the Red Planet
Five are chosen for the landmark mission to Mars—to become the first humans to walk upon the Red Planet. But when their findings set off a wave of controversy and political upheaval back home, public opinion turns against the Mars mission—and an ineffective government leaves the team stranded. As their situation becomes more desperate, all trust is lost in NASA Mission Control. With differences dividing the crew into warring cliques, life-threatening accidents begin to look like sabotage. Yet somehow the crew must try to pull together.
Because if they don’t save themselves, no one will.
When direct assault to expel the intruders fails, the U.S. government tries to mobilize galactic opinion by moving the Kennewickians into miserable refugee camps and recruiting their children for suicidal attacks on the Minervans. But this play for sympathy falls on deaf ears of the policy makers of the mighty WGE.
If the Minervans are ever to be removed, the WGE needs to receive a more forceful message, and the President and his cabinet are prepared to deliver it. Camps for training planet assassins are set up. Soon, billions of pagan aliens would know the wrath of the followers of Jesus.
Unfortunately, there was one little problem with this brilliant plan.
"Quick, witty satire -- barbed and funny at the same time." -Greg Benford
"The Holy Land is manic, satirical, and smart. Social Commentary Has never been so much fun." - Keven J. Anderson
"A tale of high adventure and deep humanistic insight...And the satire has quite a bite." - Heather Preston, Mensa Bulletin
"Zubrin scores good points against all sides." - Fred Cleaver, The Denver Post
"It's really terrific - fresh, fun, original, and sharply relevant." - Adam Bellow
"Zubrin's out of control and very funny, and you never know whether he is going to poke precisely or slap you with a bladder. Striking out in all directions, The Holy Land demonstrates a righteous anger at human folly in the 21st centruy. It's a target rich environment, and Zubrin's an artist with a thompson." - Greg Bear
"It's a hoot." - Jim Hopper, San Diego Union-Tribune