[FPSPACE] Mars, here we come..

David Portree dsfportree at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 1 13:53:57 EDT 2016


Good point. I wanted to focus on the idea of human reproduction in a new hypograv environment, which is why I described a little alternate history thing with Zika in the Americans in the 1500s-1600s. What you write makes me think about how eventually, as we developed an understanding of how disease spreads and kills, Europeans might have tried to settle the Americas again. Maybe it wouldn't have happened until the early 20th century.

Also, since Zika does harm by infecting women, one might see European males in the Americas marrying disease-resistant natives and producing something like the Franco-Indian Metis. Presumably they would use and promote European technology. When Europeans returned to the Americas, they'd likely find half-white natives with guns. Perhaps their numbers would not be great (akin to the French presence in North America).

I digress - sorry. Of course, marrying the locals isn't an option on Mars, and hypogravity wouldn't do sudden harm, like a gun. :-)


David S. F. Portree


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Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] Mars, here we come..

At 01:12 PM 10/1/2016, David Portree wrote:
>What if, when Europeans arrived in the Americas, Zika had been
>common and spread by air? The native population would have developed
>immunity long ago, but Europeans would have had none.

there is no need for such a gedankenexperiment

Malaria was a significant limiting factor in taking up the
White Man's Burden in the Dark Continent

Nigeria was initially known as the "White Man's Grave"

with a few exceptions, most "colonies" were little more
than coastal trading stations

when the French and British tried to grab Kamerun
from the Germans in the Great War, it took upwards of
two years because the "colony" was almost completely
un-developed, with only a few lines of communication,
leading nowhere

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