My Take on “The Wandering Earth (2019)” Chinese Sci-Fi.

I’m not a good person to review a movie with subtitle usually because I tend to not remember any character’s name and so forth. Furthermore, watching a movie in the theater usually got its own drawbacks for me because I tend to miss out some parts of the movie as my bladder could not hang on for the entirety of the movie. Nonetheless, in this blog post, I will try to say something about the new Chinese Sci-Fi blockbuster, “The Wandering Earth,” because it’s visually gorgeous and the concept within is scientifically believable if the world is actually going to end tomorrow and you got nothing but one silver lining of hope for your very own survival.

Basically, the film starts out with the premise that the earth will die soon because the sun will die soon. Instead of going quietly into the night the sun could swallow up the entire solar system. The earth, of course, would be in the swallowing path of the sun’s deathly expansion. This got the whole earth to unite and build out-of-this-world thrusters in the number of thousands. These thrusters would be placed and anchored in key locations of the earth so it could thrust the entire earth out of the solar system and away from the sun. The destination is to push the earth into another solar system where there is another sun so the earth could carry on as before.

The plan was to use Jupiter’s gravitational force to slingshot earth onto the path where the earth supposes to head for. On the way, earth got a problem because it is heading straight for a head-on collision with Jupiter. To complicate the problem even worse, the thrusters went offline. Now the race is on to restart these thrusters to save the planet earth. More problems would come online eventually and so at a time in the movie you would feel like it’s hopeless to save the earth. Many main and supporting characters would die easily since the earth is almost hopelessly heading for a head-on collision with Jupiter.

I think the CGI of this movie is gorgeous. Furthermore, I love the concept of moving the earth away from the danger. To be honest, often time after I had seen an episode of Star Trek, I would often wonder the whole earth is like a spaceship that is constantly moving in space.

I got to know the author of the book of “The Wandering Earth” through his other more famous trilogy which is the “The Three-Body Problem.” I love Cixin Liu’s “The Three-Body Problem” and so I was very eager to see “The Wandering Earth” since this is a movie which is based on his short story “The Wandering Earth.” Anyhow, I feel like this movie could have been better as a long TV series. In this movie, there simply isn’t enough time to go into the detail of so many characters’ lives and so I feel there are a lot of details that were left out to make the movie concise.

The acting isn’t bad and so I think the movie got this covered. All in all, I think the director of the movie chopped up the movie too concise to leave out many good details that could have made this movie even more badass. I sure hope if they are going to make “The Three-Body Problem” as a live-action project, they should make it into a TV series or a movie trilogy. After all, “The Three-Body Problem” is a lot more epic than “The Wandering Earth.” I think “The Wandering Earth” is fun and gorgeous. So, if you want to watch a really cool Sci-Fi movie now, I don’t mind recommending you to go see “The Wandering Earth.” Unfortunately, you may have to drive really far to go to see it. I drove 30 minutes away to go to see this movie because no theater nearby is showing it.

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It’s Cool To Hear Liu Cixin’s Thoughts on His “Three Body Problem” Trilogy and Other Cool Sci-Fi Things in an Interview.

Liu Cixin’s “Three Body Problem” put me in an annoying state but in a good way. Why? After getting to know his “Three Body Problem” epic trilogy, I couldn’t find any other sci-fi work to surprise or wow me anymore. Since then I keep wanting to be introduced to a similar or better trilogy but I had found none. To appease my thirst for sci-fi I’d to settle with my older favorites like Star Trek, but what I want is something as epic as “Three Body Problem.”

I’m really happy to see Liu Cixin talks about his work in the interview in which you can watch it in the video below.

I also heard that a new Chinese sci-fi big budget movie is coming out to a theater near you soon in the United States known as “The Wandering Earth (2019),” which is also based on one of his short stories. I can’t wait to go to see it in a theater near me. Hopefully, it won’t be a disappointment because sometimes a great story doesn’t make a great movie. The reality is sometimes rather cruel to a book lover because a movie may fail to reimagine a book in live action for various reasons such as budgetary problem and so forth.

Can Our Universe Expand Forever Or Expand Then Contract Later Just So It Could Die?

From Einstein E=mc^2 to the conservation of energy theory, these concepts agree that energy cannot be created nor destroyed — after all these energies existed since singularity (even before the big bang).  Thus, if I agree with these concepts, it means everything within this universe can be deconstructed into the smallest of the smallest possible units, and each of these smallest units could be counted individually in a way that if they’re to be reunited they could be constructed into the whole universe again.  The question is if this is the case, is our universe static in quantity?

I surmise there is another possibility!  What if the first scenario is true but there is one exception!  The exception is that outside of the singularity there is a bigger container that could feed more energy into the already constructed universe which we’re living in.  This could mean the quantity of our constructed universe could be changed according to the limitation of the larger container which contains our universe.  If this is the case it could mean that our universe could be shrunk in size and quantity by somehow shredding off existing energy and feeding the lost energy back to the larger container.

Relatively then, from within our universe, it could be that our universe is infinite since it could be expanded forever or be shrunk forever depending on the situation.  We don’t know the limitation of the larger container so we could only see the direction of our universe as an infinite expansion or infinite contraction relatively!  There’s a saying that nothing could last forever, and so we know that even the sun and anything else that exists within our universe got an expiration date.  I suspect that our universe could be expanded forever until the larger container stops feeding energy to our existing universe which would then allow this universe to contract and die off eventually!

Could We Colonize Space By Rearranging The Solar Systems?

Could it be that God truly exist?  If God isn’t really existed then luck must be it that earth could actually harbor life!  Our planet earth got really lucky in a way that it is not too close to the star (i.e., the sun) and it is not too far from the star either.  Other dead solid planets are not so lucky as they located too far from their star or too close to their star, thus their surface would either boil or freeze to the extreme temperatures.  Such extreme conditions would prevent life as we know it to exist.  Of course, there would always be the exception, but such an exception would be nothing like us humans!  Such aliens would not have any semblance to the traits that us humans are familiar with such as how life has existed here on earth.

I guess it’s safe to say that earth is either a miracle from God or it is truly lucky.  As our advanced telescopes peer into the endless darkness in space, we have discovered so many solar systems and galaxies.  Although we’ve found so many planets and stars and solar systems and galaxies, it seems the more we found the more we instill a belief in ourselves that we’re alone.

Through current scientific methods, we could only guess that there are some planets out there that could harbor life.  Perhaps we think such planets are locating in the comfort zone of their solar systems, thus providing the chance that these planets could harbor water.  Here on earth, life exists because of water.  We’re thinking that water on other planets too may allow life to go through an evolutionary process — developing alien life in the process.  Nonetheless, we could only guess and not so sure about our guess until we could deploy some sort of drones, robotics, and satellites to such planets.  Even better, we could deploy humans to such planets!

Unfortunately, the solar systems and planets we think that could harbor life are way too far for earth’s current technology to reach.  For an example, we could try to launch a rocket fuel vehicle toward Alpha Centauri system.  According to Earthsky’s “How Long to Travel to Alpha Centauri?” article, it would take 78,000 years for our current rocket fuel vehicle to reach this space system.  According to Wikipedia, Alpha Centauri System is the nearest star system to our solar system which is about 4.37 light years away from our solar system.  So, it seems our current space technology is way too slow for space traveling because even the closest solar system would take 78,000 years for a human space vehicle to reach it.

At the moment we could not be sure if life is actually existing anywhere in space.  We know for sure though life is existing here in our solar system because the earth is teeming with life.  If we want to confirm that life is actually existing elsewhere we have to develop space vehicles that could travel much faster.  Preferably, we want to develop space vehicles that could travel near the speed of light.  Only then that we could travel to Alpha Centauri space system in 4.37 years or so.

What’s the point of my rant so far?  Well, imagine an alien race that could be so advanced that their technology allows them to modify any space’s solar system to the way they like it.  Imagine the ramification of such technology!  Just imagine each planet and star like a pool ball on a pool table!  Imagine a pool table’s holes are the black holes, and if each ball got too close it would fall into a pool’s hole.  In reality, if a planet gets sucked into a black hole, it would be destroyed into pieces, I think.  Will the black hole spit out these shredded planets and stars later?  I don’t know!  Nonetheless, the idea is to imagine that space is dangerous and comfortability is very, very rare!  So if each pool ball travels too close, each pool ball would collide with one another.  In reality, a planet collides with another planet would be on the scale of the doomsday disaster.  If a planet collides with a star, it would be the destruction of the planet itself.  So, this alien technology that could modify the layout of the solar system would create the condition to harbor water and provide life as we know it.

Now, if we could develop such technology here on earth, we could go out into space and rearrange any solar system to our liking, making other planets to support life so we could have more earthlike planets out there in space.  This is one way I think we could colonize space and allow human species to exist much longer than the earth itself.  For an example, our earth could be dying someday, and so without such technology, we won’t be able to escape the dying earth — in such a process human species would die along with earth.  Instead of dying along with earth, humans should try to come up with technology that pushes planets and stars around to rearrange the solar system to how we like it.  It would be so easy to shoot the pool balls around on the pool table, but I guess it would take Godlike effort to do so with pool balls that are as large and as heavy as the planets and stars in space.  Furthermore, if the effort takes too long, the solar system itself could be destroyed!

Cities of the Future Could Be in Space, And These Won’t Look Like Any Real Estate We Know Today

The concept of real estate is largely depending on how we are glued to earth!  What will it be if in the future we could forgo the glue of earth altogether and build a city in space?  The space elevator is a concept that is in science fiction realm, and today we don’t have anything like this yet.  Nonetheless, this space elevator concept could become true if we got the right materials and plan to make it a reality.  Once humans travel through space easily as if how one would take a bus or a train on earth, then the idea of living in space becomes rather mundane.

We humans always think that we need another planet out there to be a second earth, but what if the cost of building a city in space in a modular fashion in a sense that space elevator concept could expand into a space highway and such — wouldn’t this be more doable and cheaper and time-saving than trying to find a second earth?  So I would imagine that a highway system in space would function similar to space elevator but the system itself would be more expansive.  After all, a space elevator could be a quick fix for a short distance from one point in space to another point in space.  Perhaps, space highway is like a bigger, more durable space elevator, and the spaceships that travel through this space highway system won’t need to use a self-powered propulsion system to traverse quickly from one point in space to another point in space.  Wouldn’t this be fuel efficient?

Of course, we could argue that space highway is kind of stupid if spaceships could just fly freely in space without needing to stick to an asphalt.  Nonetheless, space highway could function as fuel saving mechanism/system and much more.  Spiritually, space highway could function as a system that turns the idea of space city into a real community/city.  Imagine how much more expensive to build a small earth in space, and so it’s not wise to do so.  Instead, each spaceship could act like a car, home, restaurant, and so on.  The space highway then acts as a highway system that connects the necessary points in space to form a loose space city system.  From this highway, a home in space could fly from one point to another without needing to use any fuel unless the home is going to fly off the space highway system.

I think a concept of loose space city system — if it’s a reality — could turn the idea of owning a piece of real estate upside down.  After all, everything would be floating in space and won’t stay put.  Furthermore, even the highway itself could be floating continuously, albeit that it would stay in the same large vicinity in space.  Once people actually live in such a space city, people won’t be able to differentiate a house from a car, a car from a restaurant, and so forth.  After all, humans in space would be in a spaceship most of the time.  So, humans in space would think their spaceship as either a home, a car in a space highway system, a business location, a restaurant to invite other humans to come to dine and so forth.

In summary, I think when people begin to think a city in space in a loose space city system, the real estate concept would be completely different than the one that we use for cities on a planet.  Of course, humans don’t have to stick to only one type of space city.  After all, we could find a second earth and create even more cities from far away in space.  In my opinion, a loose space city system could be the extra real estate for a closeby planet.  For an example, let’s say earth would run out of space and people could create extra space real estate by creating a loose space city system just right outside of earth.

Although Dark Forest Is A Science Fiction Theory In Three Body, Can It Be A Real Warning To Humans In Reality?

In this blog post, I will discuss a lot of things that make up the side plots for Three Body series.  Thus, this blog post could be a spoiler for many people who want to but have not yet read the books in Three Body series.  I suggest you ignore this blog post if you want to spend time in reading Three Body trilogy.

The Dark Forest theory in Three Body is quite interesting!  Although as now, the Dark Forest theory is only a figment of science fiction creativity, thanks to Three Body I think the fictional theory does have a real bite in reality if humans do go far into space in the future.  After all, we have to wonder how it would be like for us primitive humans to have made contact with one or more advanced alien civilizations in space, right?

Us humans have so far been very lucky as we have only ourselves to blame for grand scale acts of violence.  Before modern history, we had genocide activities such as a ruler wiped out the entire city, taking no prisoners, just to send a message to the enemy so a strategic objective could be met.  Genghis Khan is a perfect example of this.  In the 20th century, we witnessed the WWI and WWII wars, and these wars told us that great human casualties were not just the figments of the imagination but these were real!  Furthermore, humans are now capable of destroying ourselves many times over with nuclear weapons.  So, in a sense, us humans will have to blame ourselves if we destroy ourselves by the weapons that we had created!

In Three Body trilogy, the Trisolarans comes from a star system that got three suns.  These three suns move in a complex dance that gives rise to unpredictable cycles of stable and non-stable eras.  In a stable era, the condition of the Trisolaran planet would be favorable for the Trisolarans to exist such as normal weather patterns.  In an unstable era, depending on the dance of the suns, the condition could be the outcome of extreme cold to undescribable heat.  When three suns appear on the horizon at the same time, liquid magma could envelop the surface of the planet, thus destroying life in the process.  In extreme cold period, many things have to go into hibernation state as water would freeze and not many things could survive in extreme cold condition.  The Trisolarans are not so lucky as earthlings since they do not experience near constant stable era.

The Trisolarans have experienced the collapses of civilizations over and over again, thus their advancements might be the products of relearned achievements.  In fact, the Trisolarans could have advanced a lot more if their progress weren’t hampered or destroyed by the collapses of their civilizations.  In short, the Trisolarans would find a nirvana on earth!  When earth naively sent out a sun amplification signal with the intention of making contact with the unknown alien civilization, it was when the Trisolarans knew what they had to do for their survival.  The Trisolarans came up with a plan to conquer the solar system that harbors earth and everything within it.  Thus, the greatest struggle for humanity began since the contact.

The nature of Trisolarans’ openness in the announcement of their mission to conquer earth’s solar system — as if earthlings are merely bugs — via various interactions and events sparked wild reactions among earthlings.  Humans began to group up in factions, and each faction got different outlook to what would be happening when the Trisolarans offensive battleship fleet would arrive here on earth.  Perhaps, once they arrive they would exile the earthlings to nearby hostile planets.  Perhaps, once they arrive they would kill off all earthlings.  Perhaps, perhaps!  Whatever the perhaps, humanity as you know it got an expiration date to be met, and it would take 400 years or so for the Trisolarans attack fleet to arrive here on earth.

Although the humans tasted the Dark Forest theory in plain sight, they did not even understand or get the whiff of the Dark Forest theory yet.  How come?  Naive humans did not think about destroying the Trisolarans because they didn’t have the capability or the values to do such thing.  Earthlings got a record of developing systems such as a democracy and whatnot, and so some of the earthling values are more about coexisting.  The humans could not understand why things couldn’t be shared among aliens.  Perhaps the humans are lucky and have not experienced any unstable era like the Trisolarans have had, and so the humans could not invest too much into the idea of being alone is heaven.  The Trisolarans, on the other hand, knew that heaven is rare and when one finds it one needs to own it.  Heaven could not be shared when one alien civilization is vastly different from another!  The trust between two different alien civilizations is so slim that the effort in creating a sharing space would be a gargantuan effort.  Perhaps, it would be too naive to even think the other would not go out of their way to destroy one’s own civilization.  It’s a dark forest out there!

When it comes down to the survival of a whole species, do we take a chance with being naive and believe that another alien civilization would be kind to our species?  The Dark Forest theory, although is now just a work of imagination in a science fiction, Three Body trilogy, begs us, humans, to think twice before making any contact with an alien species in space!  In Three Body trilogy, alien civilizations may be so advanced that destroying a whole solar system is feasible.

Another cool thing about Three Body trilogy is that it touches on dimensional spatial.  According to Three Body, in a four-dimensional spatial, one could travel faster and see all aspects of the inner structure of a three dimensional spatial.  Let’s say a sealed box that encapsulates an apple in a three dimensional spatial would reveal both the box and the apple in a four-dimensional spatial.  Thus, the beings inside a four-dimensional spatial could be more advanced than anything that exists inside a three-dimensional spatial.  The discovery of a four-dimensional spatial allowed the Blue Space spaceship, earthing’s technology, with the capability to destroy the Trisolarans’ probes known as the Droplets.  On the escaping route since the Doomsday battle that had the Droplets destroyed the massive earthling spaceship fleet, Blue Space encountered the four-dimensional spatial space that allowed it to discover the capability of destroying the pursuing Droplet probes.

In summary, I think science fiction works like Liu Cixin’s Three Body trilogy could provoke the human imagination that could be rather useful in the future if the future indeed encounters such out of this world scenarios.  For an example, the Dark Forest theory suggests that earth is rather lucky and isn’t yet being discovered by another intelligent alien species.  The unknowns would be provoked if earthling does indeed encounter another alien species!  The Dark Forest theory could also hint that alien species could be plenty once upon a time, but you would never know how crowded the universe once was.  Different alien civilizations could advance at different times in space, and the Dark Forest theory could be realized by each alien civilization at a different time.  This variant of Dark Forest realization allows the Darwin theory to be at work on a scale of the universe!  Sometimes we don’t have to look at the universe to see why bigger fish eats smaller fish and humans step on bugs because here on earth we see it all!  The dimensional spatial touch in Three Body is quite intriguing because I do imagine that humans — in reality — may rely on the experiences of jumping out of our native three-dimensional spatial to achieve time and warp speed travel!