I love it when John C. Wright really gets going!

Here he is, responding to somebody who certainly isn’t me or anything so don’t even guess that it is (even though it really is), refuting my entirely correct thesis that we are never getting off this planet in any serious way, never going to meet any extraterrestrials, and never going to colonize another planet, much less another star system. Time travel is out. Utopia is out. Interdimensional travel is out. Look for humanity in a thousand years and you’ll find us right here, unless Jesus returns first. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

How does John do rebutting that? He passes with flying colors! His vision of what is true is much more fun and interesting than my vision of what is merely factual. Go with truth over fact every time.

Plus, he reworks the Drake Equation to calculate the number of probable Space Princesses! What more can anybody ask of a writer? You should go read him, not me.

  • Will

    Too long to read. I did go to his comments about the VA model and the affordable health care act, and was wondering where he went to to get his health care.

  • ivan_the_mad

    Bwahaha! Great read. Now for some unknown reason, I want to read Lewis’ space trilogy …

  • http://decentfilms.com/ SDG

    Where is the original “Ain’t Gonna Happen” manifesto?

  • Mark S (not for Shea)

    I love you, Mr. Shea. Your books were instrumental in my own conversion. But in this argument, I have to take Mr. Wright’s side, simply because throughout human history, every time those educated “in the know” folks said, “Humanity will never Achieve X or Y,” they were always proven wrong — very often in their own lifetimes. A few examples, just off the top of my head:

    The Learned: “All these tales of huge furry creatures in the jungle are nonsense, reflecting the superstitions of local savages not yet enlightened by Western science.”

    Fact: The first gorillas documented a few years later.

    The Learned: “It is impossible for human flight to surpass the sound barrier.”

    Fact: Human flight not only broke the sound barrier within 20 years, but achieved space flight not long thereafter.

    The Learned (including Einstein): “The universe had no beginning point or moment. It has always existed as-is.”

    Fact: Well, we checked the math and it turns out that crazy priest was right after all. Looks like the Big Bang actually happened.

    • Mark Shea

      I would be delighted to be proven wrong. I’m an incurable romantic. But I won’t be.

      • Mike

        I take no sides on the issue, but still, this Chesterton quote from 100 years ago (almost to the day) seems relevant :-)

        “When once a man has been called an impracticable visionary, he is practically bound to be a success. The moment a thing has been definitely called impossible, something sporting in the soul of man immediately takes the bet and resolves to bring the thing about.”

        -G.K. Chesterton (“Illustrated London News”, June 29, 1912)

        • Mark Shea

          You inspire me to press on with insisting on not voting for either major candidate and voting for somebody you actually want!

          • Mike

            Sounds good to me!

  • Julia

    “Like the Boy Scouts, we do not allow any atheists into the Galactic Confederation of Way Cool Futuristic Worlds. Nor do we permit no-fault divorce, gay marriage, or priestesses in orders, child-murder, or the use of contraception, except in the case of your Captain Kirk, who otherwise would spread venereal space-disease.

    **snort**

    Thank you, Mark, for pointing me his direction!

  • Ted Seeber

    I’m just antisocial enough that if I could afford it, there is a part of me that wants to buy a decommissioned submarine and live at the bottom of the sea floor like Captain Nemo.

    That is, when I don’t have the opposite duty-to-society dream of The Utopia of Knightshelm

  • Sal

    When people point out the exploits of world explorers and how they went places no one knew about and how we benefited, I point out that they didn’t have to bring their own air.
    Because when you think about it- you’re not really IN space. You’re in a smallish replication of Earth conditions in space.
    I’m with Mark- I don’t think it will happen, either. Not being an incurable romantic and being very fond of Earth its ownself, I ‘m not particularly disappointed.
    But Mr. Wright is a fine writer.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    When it comes to interstellar travel or contacting extraterrestrial life, the wise man remains agnostic. We simply don’t know. If technology continues to advance at its current pace, it’s very hard for me not to imagine progressing to other worlds within 100 years or so. But who knows what tomorrow holds? Gojira may rise from the depths and bring an end to civilization as we know it.

    I tend to think we’re in the last days, and there simply won’t be this Heaven and this Earth in 300 years. But you know, people have been thinking that for over 2,000 years, and we’re still here.


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