Everyone knows that people—guys, especially—love to blow things up. Being a guy myself, I’m no exception. So I was amused, while reading an article about how Gamma Ray Bursts are probably not going to destroy the Earth, after all (Interstellar Deathray Not Likely to Hit Earth), to see a link to another page entitled How to Destroy the Earth. It’s pretty cool. It’s not about how to destroy humanity, which we can probably manage by just keeping doing what we’re doing now, but about how to demolish the Earth itself. The proposed methods range from nano-agents (NAGs) to strange matter to vacuum energy. Some of the related pages include Why Destroy the Earth? as well as a completely unwatchable video shot on a cell-phone camera. (Okay, never mind the video.)
As I’m sure you all know, there has been some real concern about the possibility of Gamma Ray Bursts torching our home planet. But as you know if you’ve followed the first link above, it’s a probability game, and according to Krzysztof Stanek from Ohio State University and others, the probability of such a burst occurring in our metal-rich galaxy is low, low, low. But not zero. So I think, really, it’s safe to keep worrying about that if you want to.
On the other hand, all this speculation about blowing up a planet is small potatoes. I demonstrated in my novel, From a Changeling Star, how one might blow up a star. Now, that was fun. (Okay, I admit, the engineering details are a little shaky. But it was, after all, science fiction.)
Okay, I’m going back to work on Sunborn now.
Or maybe I’ll just take a nap. All this blowing up of stuff really takes it out of you.