Is the best we can really come up with poverty, death and squalor by nature in an under-colonized world versus poverty, death and squalor by artificial scarcity in a urbanized, developed dystopia?
The biggest existential threat to civilization, not to humanity per se, is actually technology
The story of Robot Adam is inverted from man’s; he can easily reach the immortal fruit of the Tree of Life but must return to Eden to partake in the the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
I believe the subrosa theme of The Martian is a challenge in the form of a wake-up slap to us all. Simply put, if one man can engineer his survival on an inhospitable wasteland, why can’t we engineer our survival on our home planet of such abundance?