Sunday, October 21, 2007

Steal this idea - "Mole Man in Space"

Okay, I'm not talking about mole man from "The Simpson's" (although that would be kind of funny), but what if we've learned to inject the mole DNA that controls longetivity into a group of astronauts sent to explore the first inhabital planet we find. Mole's DNA allows a 24-year-old mole rate to have the body of a 2-year-old rat. So that's about 1/24th the rate of aging. So if our young astronaut crew of twelve (30-40) are still in breeding age when they arrive 24 years later, they can start a new colony...and that's where the fun begins.

Why are there only six men and two women left? Who gets to mate? What if the planet is not as hospitable as the thousands of little probes said it was? What if the sub-space communications can't inform Earth of the problems they're having? What about Naomi. For God's sake, what about Naomi. And why is everyone getting sensitive to the light and losing their hair?


Kimberly Frost said...

From a colony-starting perspective, that ratio doesn't make much sense, does it? Wouldn't it make sense to have quite a few more women than men? Also would 9 months turn into several years gestation? Yikes. Not up for that.

Rick Bylina said...

Excellent point. I vote for 20 women and one very busy guy.



Rick Bylina said...

At the risk of receiving the ire of my gender, why any men for this story? Sperm in a test tube should do it for the repopulation.

Captain Kirk must be rolling over in his grave. Oh wait! He's still alive.