June 28, 2008
Another sf prediction lets us down
BBC News: "Martian soil appears to contain sufficient nutrients to support life - or, at least, asparagus."
In all the mass of science fiction dealing with the terraforming and colonisation of Mars, I don't think anyone has ever depicted a market garden economy based on asparagus. Reality-shaping drugs? Sure. Angels? Absolutely. Elvis? Everywhere. Paul McAuley even placed a side bet on yaks. But nobody ever anticipated this, did they?
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The Thing From Another World was right all along - beware the vegetable people from Mars! BEWARE!
Posted by: morgue at Jun 28, 2008 10:57:15 AM
New Scientist reports turnips in addition to asparagus.
Boy, will it be a wild night when they celebrate the first harvest on another planet.
Posted by: Robin at Jun 29, 2008 10:45:14 AM