‘The Immortal Prince’ by Jennifer Fallon (Book 1 in the ‘Tide Lords’ series)
A revelation. I had received another of Ms Fallon’s books as a freebie when I bought the latest George RR Martin book, but opted not to read it because it sounded very much like a Robin Hobb series. If you need a new author, give this series a try. I will be following her writing from now on.
‘The Hero of Ages’ by Brandon Sanderson (Book 3 in the ‘Mistborn’ series)
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And the question of the day is…
Where are we going to?
The underlying aim of every species is the ability to, as Genesis advised, ‘be fruitful and multiply’. Every species of life wants to be able to continue on into the foreseeable future. No matter the environment in which life lives, it wants to survive and expand.
Sometime further than four billion years in the past, Earth did not possess water. It was a boiling and volcanic place, like the Venus we know but without the crushing and noxious atmosphere. There could have been a form of life that could survive on Earth’s in that incarnation, but the flurry of asteroids hitting the planet during the Late Heavy Bombardment would have wiped them out. For all we know, microscopic life forms could still exist in the much hotter portions of the Earth.
Once the asteroids hit, the Earth cooled and created the crust we all live on currently. From there, life flourished in the oceans. Then, around thee billion years ago, a life form decided it had had enough of life under the sea, and decided to make a break for it on the world above. It could have happened because that life form was being threatened by another in the oceans, and its best possible move was to move out of the ocean altogether. And by an evolutionary fluke, it was able to survive above ground, unlike its gill-possessing enemies.
From there, the life forms above the oceans diverged over time into what best suited their environments. Desert animals learned to survive without readily available water sources, and humans developed darker skins to survive the harshness of the heat. Species in cooler climates developed thicker furs, different colours to blend in when they hunted, and humans developed lighter skins because the heat was not as prominent an issue.
At this point in time, it seems the focus is on our survival. There are numerous theories on what we are doing to our atmosphere, how we derive our energy sources and their longevity, how we interact with each other and understand different cultures, and how we derive food and the species we are endangering doing so.
Into the future, astronomers are looking for places in the Solar System that could support life. The focus is on places with water, as it is the staple of life in all the forms we know of. There’s water on Mars, on the moon Europa that circles Jupiter, and possibly in even more places.
In an extremely large nutshell, we are going to where we can survive. Not a very philosophical answer, I know.
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