Saturday, 4 March 2017
Energy And Knowledge
The Lords of Creation series and the Emberverse series by SM Stirling.
Other recent sf novels about powerful civilizations.
The following propositions are reflections on themes in such sf novels. Please add, agree or disagree.
This generation is immeasurably more powerful than its earliest ancestors.
We can destroy the Earth.
Therefore, we also have a corresponding power to rebuild and renew.
If we survive, future generations will be unimaginably more powerful than us.
With enough energy and knowledge, anything that can be done will be done.
Interstellar travel will happen even if it has to be STL.
Time travel will happen if it is physically possible.
Can entropy be reversed?
Or is "entropy reversal" contradictory?
In The Avatar, the Others traverse space-time and influence future universes.
The Lords of Creation terraform Venus and Mars.
In the Emberverse, someone selectively changes the laws of physics at least on Earth.
I suspect that such power combined with unresolved social conflicts would be self-destructive.
Beings wielding such power would have no need to exploit others to gain anything that they wanted or needed.
Therefore, very powerful beings should be at worst indifferent, at best benign.
However, we should meet them without presuppositions.