I’m a bit late on the updates this time, but I figured I’d still list our show dates for posterity.

Sep 5 – Mysterytrain @ Peace of Mind 5 (Elizabethville, PA)

Oct 2 – Mysterytrain @ Duck Duck Goose Family Campout 3 (Northumberland, PA)

Oct 3 – Mysterytrain @ Froggy Daze 2 (Narrowsburg, NY)

Nov 14 – Mysterytrain @ City Jam II (Reading, PA)

City Jam was lots of fun, and hopefully we’ll find ourselves back this winter. In the meantime, check out the newly-redesigned Mysterytrain website!

My new book Noah’s Raven is now available for purchase from Amazon!

A future-set novel written in two alternating parts, Noah’s Raven is the story of Maddie Scarlet, a thrill-seeker on the edge of destruction, and Ezra Miller, an Amish farmer who turns his faith toward astronomy. Their parallel journeys ignite one of the most radical events in human history.

With a forward by Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy, Noah’s Raven is a “startling and moving” narrative that I hope you will enjoy and share.

Click to order Noah’s Raven on Amazon

July/August Shows

A bit of a break in July, as our bass player and his wife recently had a new baby! We’re very excited for them but also looking forward to getting back into the music season.

Jul 30 to Aug 2 – Mysterytrain @ The Looney Moon Festival (White Haven, PA)

Aug 6 to 10 – Mysterytrain @ Bear’s Picnic (Roaring Branch, PA)

Aug 28 to 30 – Mysterytrain @ WIZ Fest (Afton, NY)

Looney Moon has been moved to Sandy Valley campground, which provides a nice change of venue from our usual spot at Sunsational. We’re looking forward to our upcoming show in New York as well, and Bear’s Picnic is always a good time.

Land Use on Mars

National space agencies, including NASA, ESA, the Indian Space Agency, and the Chinese space program, all have Mars in sight. Current Mars exploration programs all have human spaceflight in mind for the near future, and eventual plans for exploration often turn to thoughts of permanent settlement or colonization. Several private corporations have also declared their intent to visit, or even colonize, Mars within the next several decades. Whether or not they succeed in their planned time frame, it seems evident that humans have their eyes on Mars.

The patterns of history show us plenty of examples of how land resources have benefited the few over the many, or how conflict over scarce land resources have led to violence and war in extreme cases. Even more fundamentally, the amount of land on a planet is finite, but it is only recently that the practice of homesteading became impossible on Earth. Mars holds the potential for settlers to once again lay claim to open areas of unclaimed land, but is this the best policy for using the resources of space?

In a book chapter published in the Springer edited volume Human Governance Beyond Earth: Implications for Freedom, I discuss my research and thoughts in an effort that will lead “Toward a Sustainable Land Use Policy for Mars“. I discuss the constrains of existing treaties governing the use of space resources, and I present a few possible alternatives for what a land use policy on Mars might look like.

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