'Gloire immortelle de nos aieux!' Asteroid mining web comic inspired by real-life eventsWed, May 9, 2012 - 4:15 PM
As you may know, Planetary Resources plans to profit from the extraction of natural resources found on asteroids that pass near Earth. Since it has long been established that many of the solar system's millions of asteroids have an abundance of usable resources, it's virtually guaranteed that Planetary Resources's plan will succeed.
For many, many years, I have been screaming about the importance of accessing what I like to refer to as THE UNLIMITED NATURAL RESOURCES OF OUTER SPACE!! That such access would allow us to maintain a high standard of living without destroying the Earth's environment (or at least a good way to come close to that). The uninformed among us (which seem to be most of us unfortunately) refused to believe my assertions in that area. I've spent a lot of years reading up on this issue, yet the uninformed seem to think they know more about it than I do. But now that Planetary Resources is in business, my claim regarding the unlimited natural resources of outer space will soon be validated – assuming that things work out for the company. Then I can tell the uninformed, “I told you so!” 20 billion times over!
Anyway, my excitement over Planetary Resources is so intense that I want to get in on their deal! That's why I've decided to create a web comic about asteroid mining. I call the comic “Asteroid Spin”, and its three main characters are: Zodie Riley, a science journalism professor on sabbatical; Perilyn Yong, a writer for a major science web site and former student of Zodie's; and Paula Yong; Perilyn's sister and also a writer for the same major science web site as well as another former student of Zodie's. The basic premise here is that these three women establish an asteroid mining company after years of bartering and other related efforts. I've also decided that the comic's “official” (or perhaps “unofficial”) theme song should be the “Solders' Chorus” from “Faust.” If “Apocalypse Now” can have “Ride of the Valkyries”, then “Asteroid Spin” can have the “Soldiers' Chorus.”
As I said before, I have to get in on this asteroid mining deal! Not only for the trillions that could be made from it, but also for the real possibility that I will be proven correct about the benefits of the unlimited natural resources of outer space. “Gloire immortelle de nos aieux!”
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