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Sex, Drugs and Carbon Dioxide: A Guide to Colonizing Mars

Mars appears to be the next destination in the human journey to outer space: in the era of open source outer space, the idea of occupying the planet has attracted the attention of essentially every commercial space effort, including SpaceX and Mars One. With frozen water and a day length comparable to that of Earth, […]

Martian Drug Trip: Philip K. Dick’s The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

In Philip K. Dick’s hallucinatory sci-fi novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Earth’s first Martian colony is a lonesome, hardscrabble place that keeps its handful of occupants under the twin spells of boredom and isolation. The colonists have one means of escape from their living conditions: they chew a psychedelic narcotic called CAN-D and participate in […]

Frontier Music: How Brian Eno Pioneered “Space Country”

by John Moeller and William Rauscher Early in the film Trainspotting, junkie protagonist Renton dives into ‘The Worst Toilet in Scotland’ to retrieve some opium suppositories. Sliding down the toilet bowl, he passes through a rabbit hole, emerging on the other side in a dreamlike ocean world. The soundtrack to the scene is a drifting melange of […]