Communion Of Dreams

It came from outer space…

Fulfilling about 2/3 of all Science Fiction tropes ever created, it seems that there may be a connection with the impact of a meteorite and a mystery illness in a rural Peruvian village:

LIMA (AFP) – Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said Monday.

Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was an airplane crashing near their remote village, located in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia.

Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a “strange odor,” local health department official Jorge Lopez told Peruvian radio RPP.

It wasn’t a little thing, either – it left an impact crater reported to be about 100′ wide and 20′ deep.

Now,  it remains to be seen whether this is anything more than a simple case of mass hysteria.  I mean, if you’re some llama herder and a big damn fireball lands outside your village, it’d be pretty easy to get a case of the vapours over it.

But that don’t mean that it isn’t possible that there’s actually something to this.  Panspermia (or more narrowly, exogenesis) has some fairly solid evidence behind it, enough to suggest that it is possible that there is some form of life capable of surviving coming to Earth on a meteor.  And, if that form of life is similar enough to us, it could become a problem.  A problem our biology might not be able to handle.  One that would make a pandemic flu look like a nice little summer cold.  One that generations of SF writers have speculated about.  Except that in this case, it might actually be true.

Frightened yet?

Jim Downey

(Via BoingBoing.) 

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hey uncle Jim nice blog, i gathered from the geologists that it was a melding of minerals at high temperatures that released some sort of chemical gas, not to play down the mass hysteria I’m sure will come out of this.

Comment by Justin John

Sheesh, there ya go, gettin’ all logical and scientific…

Hey Justin! Thanks for stopping by and joining in on my particular flavor of madness. 🙂

Jim D.

Comment by Communion of Dreams

Frightened yet?

Meh. Not until we hear reports of giant worms eating people and horses and strange new red plants . . .

Panspermia is a good argument for an effective space program. All we have is this one planet – if a new ecology comes along and wants it more than we do …

Not that this is likely to convince anyone who isn’t already convinced.

Comment by Brian

Yeah, I wondered whether I needed to elaborate on that closing sentence.

As I’ve indicated plenty of times on this blog and in the novel, I think that there are lots of things that we should pay attention to and plan for accordingly.

But that doesn’t equal being afraid. And I think that we largely live in a time of fear – that particularly here in the US, government and religion and corporations have all tacitly conspired to ramp up the general level of fear in the society for their own purposes. We see fear constantly exploited.

So my “Frightened yet?” comment was meant as a wry commentary on the general societal condition, if anyone is unclear on that.

Jim D.

Comment by Communion of Dreams

So my “Frightened yet?” comment was meant as a wry commentary on the general societal condition, if anyone is unclear on that.

No, I got it. You live in a flood zone, you make plans to relocate to high ground. People in the Midwest know where to go in case of a tornado.

Humanity should have options – just in case.

But being afraid of floods or tornadoes is no way to live.

Comment by Brian

[…] to the effects of climate change. And because it is new. Fear sells, as I discussed in comments in this post a couple of weeks […]

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