New Planet, New Ideas

Posted: 12/07/2011 by judgeduke1912 in Books, Thoughts

A few days ago, NASA announced the discovery of Kepler-22b, a potentially habitable planet or, to Star Trek nerds, a Class M planet.

The planet has a lot of similar qualities to Earth : It’s temperature is about 72F, it’s about 2 and a half times the size of Earth, and it takes 290 days to orbit its sun, which is very similar to us.

So here’s the ultimate question : if humans travel to Kepler-22b one day, what should we take with us? What books would best portray human history in all its glory (and sometimes misery)? And if you were on that trip, what books would you take just for yourself?

The planet is 600 light years away, so we have some time to think about it. 🙂

As for me, I’d take The Idiot’s Guide to Making Alien Friends and Colonizing Planets.

  1. petedenton says:

    You had me at Class M planet.

    I’d want to take Bill Bryson so he could write one of his fabulous travel books. Many, many volumes.

  2. Bill Bryson is such an excellent travel writer. I love to hike and his book Walk in the Woods was inspiring and hilarious. And hey – didn’t he even write a book about the Universe?

    ::looks up a list of his books::

    Ahhh… it was A Short History of Nearly Everything. I think I was remembering the image of the Earth on the book cover. In any case, I sincerely hope that someone with his wit and humanity represents us out in the great beyond.

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