| Predictable Contemplations of the Body as Planet as Body
It’s a formula, the body as planet as body.
2C4H10(g) + 13O2(g) → 8CO2(g) + 10H2O(g)
; stoichiometry is one part art, two parts math.
Complex colonies of bacteria camp in human hair, but those unicellulars also live in the geyser’s sulfuric curve.
Low mass means less life retention. No atmosphere. Too smooth to stay that way. Cue the eruptions, quakes. Then, geological death; no energy to crank.
Fat people make better planets because they have gravitational pull. Large iron core. Magnetic fields blocking solar wind.
High metallicity in their stars, spitting off sparks, proplyds, secrets of the Drake equation.
The notion of a habitable zone may have to be expanded or discarded as too restricting.
The Fermi paradox refutes astrobiology’s assertion that I’m hot, and extrasolar bodies grow sexier every day.
Poets consider themselves habitable, unaware they’re the most hostile environments.