Singing Infections And Old Martian Dreams

Truth is stranger than fiction and the universe is stranger than we can imagine but bacteria communicate through chemicals which means they have a form of language that we can one day learn so that we can speak to bacteria and teach them songs.

Somewhere in a twenty-year-old notebook I have a story about a tech billionaire who throws half his vast fortune at a fast-tracked forty-year plan to get a working Martian colony going because he wanted a notional granddaughter to email him on his 80th birthday from a .mars account. It amuses me to note that Elon Musk founded SpaceX 15 years ago.  Pointless to write the story now.  I just need to live another 25 years to see how it ends.

Perhaps an innumerable vastness of bacteria on the Martian regolith will sing “Starman” as the first colony ship lands.

 

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