As odds have it, sooner or later, one way or another, this li’l ol’ basket of ours is likely to go bye-bye, and when or if it does, whether it be with a bang or a whimper, we’ll want to have a good number of eggs safely stashed away in a few other locations to keep us a going concern.
But we’ll still need another small step to eventually lead us chickens toward the great interstellar leap. There is one natural next step: To Mars!
Though we may want to give LV-426 a miss, just in case. Those chickens are nasty.
Ways in which the world may go bye-bye
Sorted in no particular order, including, but not limited to …
- Asteroid strike (dude, don’t knock it – it happened to the dinosaurs!)
- Global warming (whether you believe in it or not)
- Global epidemic (either turning everyone zombie, or just dead)
- Untimely solar flare
- Near neighbourhood supernova
- The Sun going prematurely nova (as in “The Songs Of Distant Earth“)
- The Sun expanding to a red giant towards the end of its life and swallowing up Mercury, Venus and the Earth in an inescapable flaming inferno (still scheduled some 5-6 billion years ahead, so it’s not exactly an urgent matter … yet)
- Global thermonuclear conflict
- Alien invasion
- Your average Bond villain
- The Large Hadron Collider creating an actual black hole
- The end of some major calendar cycle or other
- The Imperial Death Star