The need for an Earth-like planet is crucial to our story: name the new planet New Earth or Earth Twin? Depending how far away such an Earth is from Old Earth, we need to find a way to send our humans there safely. Will all humans go? Will there be a lottery?
And maybe even more
importantly, how far into the future should our story be set? I’ve decided to utilize the Kardashev scale for
categorizing civilizations, the scale that uses the ability of a civilization
to harness energy as it determining factor, as a guide for PLANET. I think if
humans see a comet the size of Titan coming towards them, they will very
quickly get to work as a team and create what’s needed to escape certain
death. So, what’s the lowest level that this escape is possible so that I can
still understand, as a writer at this time in history, what is possible? I
think we would be reaching for second tier of the third level of the Kardashev
scale (harnessing the energy of their own star) to make this journey barely possible
and yet plausible. Considering that between each civilization an energy factor
of about ten billion separates them, you can see the need to consider this very
Earth is, at this moment
in time, at a .7 of the first level, or a type 0 as we are only able to harness
energy from fossil fuels. To reach a full Civilization 1, would require getting
to the point we have the capability of harnessing thousands, if not millions more of possible energies
output from self-sustaining sources. How long will this take? Expediential
increments make this formula difficult to calculate as humans think linearly,
but some of the best writing I’ve had the pleasure of reading thinks we can
reach this point in as little as a thousand years. Perhaps sooner if we have
Comet Titan coming at us! Level 2 on the other hand is thousands, if not a
million years away, though level 3, through the expediential effect, may happen
only a thousand years past that. Of course, it’s all conjecture, but what fun
to think of it, eh!
Imagine setting the story
a thousand years into the future?! How would we have changed as a species?
Would we still contain the essence of our humanness or would there be too many
Enough questions for
today!!! Please comment if you have the time.
*Back on Monday!