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A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through? by Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith. For anyone who has been taken with the idea of traveling and living in space, here is a book for you. The wife-and-husband team of Kelly and Zach Weinersmith brings scientific backgrounds, years of research, and healthy senses of humor to the book, which was originally meant to be a guide to a glorious future of space settlements and turned into a "be careful what you wish for" cautionary tale. Space technologies and space business are progressing fast, and tech bigwigs are certainly on board with hyping their pet projects, but the authors make a compelling argument that we humans are woefully unprepared for and ignorant about what life in space actually means. Forget about how one manages bathroom functions, there are thorny technological, financial, and ethical issues that most enthusiasts haven't given much - or any - thought to. The Weinersmiths underscore those challenges with writing and cartoon illustrations (by Zach) that showcase both their knowledge of science and their belief that space colonization anytime soon is impractical and even silly.
Publishers Weekly, in its starred review, described City on Mars as, "Wickedly irreverent . . . The cheeky tone is loads of fun, and Zach's humorous illustrations of, for instance, contraptions proposed to facilitate zero-gravity sex, entertain
. . . A boisterous takedown of techno-utopianism."