Friday, 12 June 2015
SM Stirling deduces a logical implication of his Martians' ability to hibernate. Martian jailers usually starve long term prisoners, thus forcing them to hibernate. Comatose prisoners are no trouble and cheaper. A doctor must warn jailers not to treat a Terrestrial prisoner in this way...
Thus, both authors think that hibernation makes sense on Mars and Stirling goes further by deducing how this might affect the behavior of intelligent beings.