Who’s Out There–Anyone Nearby Reviewing Earth’s Year 2019?3 min read

Reviewing an article about what happened during the 2010’s made me realize that the view of planet Earth from our exoplanet neighbors might be a bit disturbing: “What is all that colorful stuff whirling around in Earth’s oceans? Garbage? We’ve been watching it grow for some orbits now. Is it shrinking?”

We hope so. Articles listing what happened in 2019 note that New Zealand and one European union banned single use plastic bags. Also, 82 dams were removed from U.S. rivers. NASA’s Voyager 2 has finally left Earth’s
solar system. The hole in Earth’s ozone layer is probably healing. In 2019 the Chinese landed on the dark side of Earth’s moon. “Should we wonder what their plans are?”

We could answer that we humans on Earth are trying to preserve our precious watery home, now that we realize that we might be quite alone among the many dry exoplanets in our area of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Good news reports tell us that in 2019 renewable energy grew above 11% here on Earth and is now the cheapest energy available in more than 100 cities. Attempts to block environmental regulation were blocked.
Congress has approved a drought plan for the Colorado River. Brazil tree planting started but is now in trouble. Shell Oil committed $300 million on reforestation in 2019 and Canada banned industry along its coast. Some of this is surely a good sign to those watching planet Earth from afar.

They probably couldn’t see that Zambia reduced its elephant pouching. But they might have noted that 546 coal-fired power plants have been shut down. Also, green plants are starting to provide more protein in our diets, so we can begin to shut down some huge cattle pens (probably visible from nearby exoplanets). Our Kepler telescope has found more than 2700 exoplanets. TESS is busy finding more.

We humans haven’t found any evidence that anyone out there is watching our blue planet fluctuate, but we hope that when we find you, we’ll be proud to show you evidence that we have learned to exist without using
up our beloved–and all too rare–blue planet

Some of you may be 110 light-years away. We’ve detected water vapor in your atmosphere. We call you K2 186. You have clouds and rain like we do. TESS will soon find out for sure. We hope you’re as habitable as we are, but we doubt it since you are 2.5 times Earth’s radius and eight times its mass. Sorry you’re so far (110 light-years) away. Or maybe we’re lucky you’re so far away.

We’ have detected that there is hydrogen and helium in your atmosphere and water vapor. Your climate suggests liquid water could condense but may just evaporate and cycle back up. We can’t tell if you are a rocky super-Earth, a gassy Neptune or a water world. Some say you are the “most common type of planet in our galaxy.” (Science News October 12, and 29, 2019: “Distant exoplanet may host rain clouds” by Lisa Grossman.)

We’ve only been on this Earth some 50,000 Earth years or so. We called our early selves hominids and later types humans, but we’ve only been capable of finding other exoplanets in the Milky Way for a very short time–less than thirty of our


Author of The Archives of Varok
The View Beyond Earth (Book 1.)
The Webs of Varok (Book 2.)
Nautilus Silver Award 2013 YA
ForeWord IBPA finalist 2012 adult SF
The Alien Effect (Book 3.)
An Alien’s Quest (Book 4. Released Nov.21, 2016)

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ArchivesofVarok.com
Reviews of significant books- www.goodreads.com/Cary_Neeper
How the Hen House Turns- www.ladailypost.com
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Cary Neeper is an avid student of complexity theory, sustainability, steady-state economics, and the impact of cosmology on issues of science and religion. She grew up in the foothills of Hayward, California, where she helped rack dried fruit on her father’s 40-acre apricot ranch. After studying zoology/chemistry and religion at Pomona College and medical microbiology at the University of Wisconsin, she moved with her husband to northern New Mexico, where they raised their family. The Neepers still live in the Southwest with a friendly menagerie of dogs, fish, chickens, geese, ducks and a turkey called Little Bear. Cary plays string bass with local folk, symphony and jazz groups and tennis with local retired physicists. She paints landscapes in acrylics, including the cover art for her first Penscript title, The Webs of Varok. Cary's first novel and Webs of Varok prequel A Place Beyond Man was originally published in 1975 by Charles Scribner’s Sons, Dell, and Millington, London. Cary re-released A Place Beyond Man as an Author’s Guild Backinprint edition, now available from online booksellers. Its themes of sustainability and interspecies cooperation have now grown into new adventures for its human, elll and varok family as they travel the alternate 21st century Solar System in the five-volume Archives of Varok, coming from Penscript Publishing House in 2012–2014. Cary’s other works include two musical science fiction comedies “U.F.F.D.A.!” and “Petra and the Jay,” as well as newspaper and magazine articles, essays, short stories, and book reviews for The Christian Science Monitor.

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