Have you ever worried about what will happen 4.7 billion years from now, when the Earth is so close to the Sun that we won’t be able to live on it anymore? Or trillions of years from now, when the universe will most likely come to an end? Many of us haven’t, but Chris Mason, a geneticist who runs a lab at Weill Cornell Medicine and focuses on the effects living in space has on the body, has. A lot. You can already imagine the blockbuster movie: the hero who saves humanity because he worried about things no one else did. In this book, The Next 500 Years, Mason lays out his plan for leaving our solar system, including the genetic engineering required so our bodies are better adapted to space and the possible transport options for getting there.
We also spoke to Chris about the best space travel science fiction, some of it more science than fiction.