2140, KSR, and Time Travel

There are any number of films and books about humans colonising Mars, but the best of them, in me ‘umble opinion, is Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy,  Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars. (the best film to date, also ‘umbly opinionated, is The Martian)

Like all his books they’re not for the faint of heart. They are dense, deeply researched, heartbreakingly human, and unfathomably optimistic. (an optimism which admittedly has to be dug out of the quagmire of fallibility)

From the time I came across Red Mars not long after it was released, (heavens to murgatriod, 1993 – how time flies!) I’ve read every novel he’s written since then. The latest offering being New York 2140, set in a flooded Manhattan, New York, where rising sea levels have produced a new kind of New York state of mind.

Lets just take a moment to admire this gorgeous cover art by Stephan Martiniere

I want to have cover art this gorgeous – le sigh

I want to have cover art this gorgeous – le sigh

I got my copy from our local library and like most of their books it was the hardcover version, and weighed a ton. I had to make myself a stand from some little boxes and cushions to read the damn thing, but it was worth it.

By 2140, I’ll be one hundred and eighty-one years old.

Wouldn’t it be something, to live that long, healthily?

To witness all the changes that we’ll have to go through as our anthropocene epoch runs its course.

Is it possible with today’s level of medical/technology? Probably not, but I don’t have to get all the way to 2140 from here in 2017. All I have to do is get to where it can be done, 10 years, 20, 50 years from now. Each decade becoming a boost up to the next one.

Wouldn’t that be something!


The Piano Man himself and the original New York State of mind.


And for a little mellower version, this is Babs doing what she does best …


14 comments on “2140, KSR, and Time Travel

  1. I had planned to live to 115, as a good number. A few things have to be fixed first: CFS must be pinned down, with cause, treatment, and cure available – I don’t want to live until then the way I’ve had to deal with the past 27+ years! And I’m waiting until I really trust a surgeon or neurologist to fix my back so I can walk properly – no way am I letting another idiot mess with it. I want it no worse than it is for the LAST guy/gal to deal with. I’ve turned down 4 orthopedic surgeons so far – didn’t trust them as far as I could toss them. Hope I don’t get forced by an emergency deterioration.

    As far as the rest, healthy is good – may I please have some? None of us wants to move on, but at some point it gets ridiculous.

    And apparently I don’t tolerate drugs well, and I’m sure someone would need a few to keep us alive…

    Oh, well.

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    • Widdershins says:

      An option is to be cryofrozen, or some sort of stasis technology (when the technology evolves a bit from where it is now) and be woken up every decade or so, spend some time checking things out then back to sleep. Kind of a Brigadoon-ish existence … but yeah, optimum health is a necessity.


      • You need a lot of money for that kind of service – and may simply not wake up some day. Not sure I trust ANYONE that much.

        You go ahead.

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        • Widdershins says:

          Heh, heh, heh … I’ll let you know how it goes … interesting SF concept though. Imagine having a relationship with someone where you’re both only awake one week every ten years, for instance. Pretty soon you’d leave everyone you know behind. Everything that you’ve learned about your culture evolves while you’re ‘asleep’. But between one week and the next it would only feel like a single good nights sleep … ahh, the possibilities. 🙂


  2. I loved thos Mars books too. Must check out the new novel!

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  3. I haven’t read the Mars Trilogy. Thanks for the recommendation. I too will be 141 in 2040, so reading about it is as close as I’m going to get. 🙂

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  4. A.S. Akkalon says:

    I confess I tried to read Red Mars and couldn’t get through it. There was too much thinking about politics for my taste.

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    • Widdershins says:

      They’re not for everyone, that’s for sure 🙂 … I remember skipping over some of the bits that got too ‘thinky’ the first time I read it, but when I had a chance to re-read all three books, everything kinda slipped into context.

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  5. The picture reminded me of that movie in the late 1990s/early 2000s in which the ice age comes to New York (all over, too, I suppose) and the main character’s kid is safe in the NY public library. I’ve put the trilogy on my list, thank you very much.

    I’m late coming to your blog so missed the cut off date on your last post. Karma will get that dude if it hasn’t already. Big hugs of love to you, Widders.

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    • Widdershins says:

      You’re welcome … If you like ’em I recommend all the rest of his books

      The movie was The Day After Tomorrow. One of my favourite B+ disaster movies. 🙂

      … I hope he did too. Got the big hugs. 😀

      … must check that ‘cut-off’ date thing. I can’t even remember setting it. Ah well, off to my dashboard I go. 🙂


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