By now it’s clear that homo sapiens is a pestilential species. Why would homo martis be any less inclined to exploit another planet beyond the threshold of recovery—especially one not equipped with any other species that might moderate the new visitor’s proclivities?
It is the height of arrogance for humans to assume that Mars is tabula rasa. It’s tabula virginem. Innocent. Unspoiled. Undefiled.
Except, perhaps, by little wheeled things sent there by humans.
I’m saying this as a lifelong space exploration and sci-fi fan.
As that fan, and as a human who wants very much for us to transform ourselves for the good of the world we inhabit, I would much rather have us prove capable of reform here than to fuck up another planet.
I keep imagining Onion headlines. “Mars Asks Planet God to Halt Infection by Earth,” for example.
Here’s a Hmm:
Let’s say you stretch the Gaia Hypothesis to assume, just for the sake of argument, that Earth (Gaia) is a conscious whole that includes interacting organic and inorganic components. And, just to keep things parallel (among Roman Gods), call Gaia Terra. Would Mars want to host the species that raped his sister? Or would he do to both homo sapiens and homo maris what his Roman name and role implies?