Our last post explored the international space station and its effect on mouse hair growth. Now we go 1400 light years further into space — and the future — to Kepler 452b, a time and distance trip, with blogger Paul Kantor. Time travel and prediction of the future of mankind is a popular genre — Thomas More’s “Utopia” (1516), Jules Verne‘s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” (1864), and George Orwell’s “1984” (1949) are just a few of the science fiction works popular with my generation in the 1950s. Describing the distant future requires both discussing a scientific and technical environment and the political and social structures of a new time and place. Aldous Huxley (“Brave New World”, 1932) would have appreciated the fate of flash drives and ‘bks’ in Kantor’s future earth.