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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