In the manuscript for the next Generation Mars book, I mention that a couple was able to conceive through recent technological developments. Well, here’s science catching up to fiction before the fiction is even published. The tech is called in-vitro gametogenesis, or IVG. It’s not ready for use in humans yet. But when it is, the possibilities are staggering.
Creating a sperm or egg from any cell? Reproduction revolution on the horizon
Researchers are inching closer to creating human eggs and sperm in the lab that carry a full complement of anyone’s DNA. It could revolutionize fertility treatment and raises huge ethical questions.
I’ve been a little concerned that the actions and responsibilities taken on by Cas and Ori in my next Generation Mars book (still a WIP) are beyond what is possible for a six and eight year old. Turns out: nope.
Posts have been a little thin here lately, I know. I’ve been away for a while on family vacation. We loaded up the car and set off on a camping roadtrip to explore a bunch of National Parks. It was the longest trip we’ve taken in terms of both miles driven and nights spent in sleeping bags. On the whole, it was a great trip full of memorable moments and family bonding.
Since our return, I’ve been thinking about the fact that families on Mars will never experience this. Not only will there not be family roadtrips and camping. There won’t be traveling vacations at all. Where would they go?
This has left me feeling a little blue. It seems a hard life for a family. Things like this often bother me, as I develop this series. The lives of these kids and their family will be so different than those of mine, it can be a little overwhelming to contemplate.
Of course the whole series pivots on identifying and exploring these differences. And my feeling of pity at what I imagine to be something they’d miss is culture-centric. We all feel that our experience is the norm and that of others is aberrant. Their lives will be full of memorable moments and family bonding, no car or sleeping bags required.
Still, it could be interesting to come up with a way they take a roadtrip together. Have to think about that a bit…
In the meantime, I’ll work on making things more interesting around here.