Show Notes


Baby naming. Looking through a telescope with the kids and co-bff Joe. Astrology. 😒

Fermi Padadox

Jupiter Jones: Because a dream is the only way any of this make sense. Caine Wise: Compared to what? The idea that you’re the only intelligent species, on the only inhabitable planet, in a universe so full of planets that you don’t even have a number to describe how many there are.

Civilization Development

“Tersies.” Seeding planets. The “prometheus problem.” Coexistence with dinosaurs??


Analogies to our treatment of animals. It can still be “affecting.”

Genetic Modification

Cyberpunk. CRISPR. Animal trait splicing. Channing Tatum with his mouth open.

Space Feudalism

Lots -isms and -igarchies and whatnot. An economy sort-of based on time reminds us of Andrew Niccol’s In Time.


What would you do if you owned whole planets?


  • science fiction, 
  • science, 
  • jupiter, 
  • space, 
  • nihilism, 
  • genetic modification, 
  • animals, 
  • planet seeding, 
  • prometheus