Denver, CO, September 2017
Dr. Thomas Burns could not believe what he was hearing. He was sitting in a restaurant with his eight-year-old son Sam after attending a baseball game. The Colorado Rockies had just defeated the New York Mets by a score of eight to six. They were discussing the various players on the team. That was until the president started talking.
Listening intently to every word President Trump said on CNN, the environmental scientist shook his head several times. He's appealing to every gawker of developers and brand-loving radicals rolling everything back—radicals who want to de-regulate, de-environment, just de-anything—and it was deflating, thought Dr. Burns. Decades of work falling apart for a new consensus, it seemed. Depressing.
Not only was the president waging a permanent delay of just about everything, while making money for his backers, but he was hoping people were going to do nothing about it. He was buying time for some of his obscenely wealthy investors and developers; that was all. They somehow pinned their losses in the previous years from failed deals and investments on anyone but themselves, despite how their investments were only about money, not about the major concerns of the times everywhere you looked. Having had a great outing with his son only moments ago, Dr. Burns fumed as he sat there.
The president was like the suits many in the rural parts of the Dakotas, Tennessee, and his home state of Colorado worried about. They were all caught up in their excesses, mindless to what life outside their air-conditioned life was like. Who cared how his message on TV was going to benefit neglected areas? He just expected people to deal with it. Except, this time, this suit, staring at Dr. Burns on the high-definition TV screen, was the one barreling his way at anyone who gave him a microphone like a dusted wagon train full of barons with money bags who pulled into town. And he'd be building what he knew best, a wall of heat for struggling people. They were less interested in tackling the daily concerns in their lives, finding no areas of concern in common.
Dr. Burns shook his head again. And the environment was a no-brainer!
Within five minutes, all of his colleagues around the world were on FaceTime. He'd been selective about which colleagues from Russia, Germany, Australia, and America he involved in preparing the mission. Several of them had worked with him on projects at Boeing and others he had met at conferences around the world that had brought his attention to the staggeringly slow pace of applied research. He knew immediately what he wanted to say to the thirty people he'd reached. He trusted them. He sat back down as they met and discussed their plans. Members from these four countries were going to be the first ones involved because they understood that to do nothing would ensure the end of the human race. Russia as the leader in space travel was an obvious choice. Germany had some of the leading engineers in the world. Australians had suffered a great number of environmental disasters such as a deteriorating Great Barrier Reef and also had a large number of excellent engineers.
Tom, despite his anguish, spoke calmly. "I hope everyone was watching the president's disgusting speech. Obviously, he is not going to listen to any environmental scientists or reports. We have no choice but to go ahead with our agreed-upon plan. It is full steam ahead. We will have to speed everything up. Based on the environmental evidence and facts, the human race probably has 200 years—or less—to live. To survive, we need to find a new planet."
Several of his colleagues made comments agreeing with Dr. Burns. They all agreed they would go home and start implementing the agreed-upon plans.
Along with with his wife Sarah, his determined but naive son Sam, his loyal second in command, Bob Jackson, and an amazing medical doctor, Dr. Sato, Tom must wrestle with the inevitable questions that remain. How are they going to sustain life for such a long journey that may last over 100 years? Will they be able to get along with each other? Will the Russians fully cooperate? How will they be able to launch four huge spaceships at the same time? MOST IMPORTANTLY, WILL THEY BE ABLE TO SAVE HUMANITY?
This book while fictional contains a lot of real facts and research from leading scientists about the environmental disasters that are occurring, as well as medical advances and space travel that will amaze you. It has been called a fiction book with a lot of science.
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About the Author
This novel focuses on pioneering efforts to save the future and potential of humanity contemplating the promise and blunders of an ambitious quest to colonize beyond our galaxy when we face existential risks. So Long Earth is Michael Bienenstock's debut novel and is not written by his clone. He has earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Masters degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Maryland.
Why did he write this book? "We are simply not doing enough to save the Earth and thus. humanity as well as all wildlife, I became interested in this topic as a student in Rochester Institue of Technology., One of my professors was doing research on the effects of aerosol sprays and their impact on the ozone layer. Since that time our climate and environmental issues have only become worse, We must act now to save our planet for as long as possible and build an enormous and dedicated research team to develop spaceships that can reach other galaxies before the inevitable destruction of the Earth. Scientists have predicted that we will need to fly at warp speed to reach such galaxies. They also predict it will be 200 years before that is possible. We need to speed up that process dramatically as we may not have an Earth to live on in 200 years."
I like quotes from famous people about our environment. One of my favorites is by the late Mahatma Gandhi:
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."
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