People on patreon seemed to be traumatized by this, and I guess what I'm saying is for a couple bucks a month, you could've been traumatized a day early.
I will be nagging about this book for the next while, and I apologize for that. Good news though - the main form of nag will be bonus SMBC comics. Also, HOLY SHIT GUYS, ANDY FUCKIN WEIR!
Good morning, friends. Today we launch a book that is the culmination of two peopleâ€™s efforts over 5 years. The definitive treatment of space settlement - the science, history, law, and politics. Itâ€™s called A City on Mars.
You can get specific info on www.acityonmars.com. What I really just want to say here is, first, thank you all tremendously. Having a successful comic over these years has meant a lot of time could be devoted to in depth study of subjects that rarely get that kind of treatment.
What I also want to say is that I hope weâ€™ve written my favorite kind of popular science book - one of those books where every chapter tells you something youâ€™ve never heard about, and which adds up to a big picture. A book full of stories and ideas that you wonâ€™t hear anywhere else. Also jokes! And drawings!
Although weâ€™re happy any time you buy, preorders right now, today, really help. In the modern publishing world, having a lot of buys early on gives us more power later when itâ€™s time to ask for shelf space and media appearances. The book will cost the same whether you buy it now or a year from now, but getting it soon helps us tremendously.
Thanks again everyone. It has long been a dream of mine to work on a popular science book that isnâ€™t just fun, but which tries to address a serious question in a way that hasnâ€™t been done before. I believe weâ€™ve done that here, and much of our ability to do that is thanks to all of you.
Because a lot of people have been asking lately: if you do not want to buy on Amazon, there are lots of options. Buying on amazon *does* help us because it improves our ranking, but buying from Barnes & Noble is also great. If you want to avoid a big corporation, we recommend getting in touch with your favorite local shop, or with one of the awesome indie stores like Powellâ€™s or The Strand.
As a former zookeeper we would hear this a lot. “If you don’t study hard you’ll end up cleaning poop for a living.” It’s the one time we’re allowed to go off on the visitors. I once heard my boss rant for five minutes at a lady, in front of her kids, about how he had a Master’s degree, how people literally worked there for free, and how dare she judge people without bothering to know anything about them. Later that day his boss came by and said, roughly, “She told us what happened. Thanks for not throwing anything this time.”
I can count on one hand the amount of times I have gone off on people, but employment snobbery gives me the rage. I was showing the new kid how to use the fry scoop at McDonald’s “.. like this, and then just sort of hold it perpendicular and give it one tap..”
And the new kid sniggered “isn’t perpendicular a bit of a big word for McDonald’s?”
Something in me was just so annoyed by this 16yr old who was learning to work right next to me and somehow felt above us? Fuck that shit. I pointed at the people just on the floor and went off, “she’s a 4th year law student, she’s the primary career for her terminally ill daughter, he raises 100,000 for charity every year, she manages 3 stores and more than £16mil in turnover a year. What the fuck do you do?”
He just sort of mumbled “I didn’t know”
“you shouldn’t have to know, you’re not better than us. So. You tap it once and then move it here to release…”
“I didn’t know.”
“You shouldn’t have to know,”
yes to all this because workers can be educated and intelligent, but also, even if workers are formally uneducated or dont know big words that doesnt mean they arent equally deserving of respect
Zookeepers bust their asses shoveling shit and feeding apex predators so you can stare at an elephant without flying to Asia or Africa.
Fast food workers bust their asses surrounded by hot ovens and boiling oil so you can get food quickly without having to make it yourself or even learn how.
Janitors bust their asses cleaning up the most vile things humans can do to a public room so you don’t have to tiptoe around human waste everywhere you go.
Mail carriers bust their asses going door to door in near-fatal heat/cold and have to deal with the possibility of getting attacked by your poorly-trained pets so you don’t have to drive to the post office every single day.
Warehouse workers bust their asses making sure YOUR latest Amazon crap doesn’t just disappear into thin air.
And retail workers bust their asses coddling and picking up after you like your parents because none of you know how to read a price tag or stop deliberately miss-shelving things you never wanted.
But sure, go ahead and act like you wouldn’t be dead in a week without these people.