Beware of Falling Rocks April 6, 2010Posted by bobv451 in death, iPad, movies, science, science fiction, writing.
Article in the morning paper about a scientist up at Lost Almost using the supercomputer to figure out how best to get rid of nasty asteroids aimed for the Earth. She picked one particular one that would, oh, obliterate Costa Rica to study. This one, Apropos (or something like that), might also hit Russia or in the ocean, of course.
Various thoughts hit me about this. First off we can’t even get back to the Moon so how would we ever deflect an asteroid using any scheme? Can’t get there and if you wait for it to get close enough (which is low earth orbit), good luck and be seeing you. All the debris problems aside, mostly we would have to deflect rather than blow up. H-bombs are puny in the cosmic scheme of things. A tiny jet planted on the asteroid to deflect sounds nice but…get it there in time. And the way our nuclear arsenal is going, do you think Iran would loan us a bomb to use in asteroid deflection?
But a better idea presented itself. Any number of stories (mine included–see my Biowarriors books) drop rocks from space as weapons. But how’s this for a high tech thriller? US (or Russia or China) sends out mission to deflect but does it with the intent of redirecting the impact to that of an enemy nation? No crappy Armageddon movie there. You’ve got moral conflict, you’ve got first strike (or is it? The asteroid is coming in no matter what so why not use it?), you’ve got a plot to keep the reader on the edge of the iPad reading–will the asteroid be deflected entirely, onto the enemy nation or…somewhere else?
Has anyone signed up for the SciFiPop.com site? If so, what do you think of it?
To work on God of War 2!