Week 14: Satire and Sci-Fi
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
“Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” presents what the future would look like if encounters with other life forms occurs as well as if we manage to settle on a new planet. Based on what we see in the news and on the television that we are trying to settle on the planet Mars to prepare for the possibility of us destroying Earth which does seem possible because of the way we treat the planet. Adams includes the Earth in his story still but he uses traveling through the galaxy and Arthur Dent ends up leaving the Earth because of an apocalypse that would end the world. “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” creates a future for us that we may experience in the next 100 years if we continue in the direction of destroying Earth and trying to find a new planet to settle on and create a new home for us. We may need to create our own “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to prepare us for what our future generations could experience if we do destroy Earth and need to find a new planet to live on.
“By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth,” “A landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it.” -Barak Obama