Second in my short series on Larry Niven’s novel. Corbell’s Ramship on return to the Sol system in orbit about a radically altered Earth. “For purposes of discussion I have spoken of this world as Earth. Now I may speak of the differences. You have landed on a world marginally habitable at best, in a region uninhabitably hot."
"What?" Corbell looked down. The outside temperature register was set at chin level below the edge of his faceplate. It didn't look bad, not bad at-centigrade! The State used centigrade!
Peerssa said, "It's too hot, Corbell. Temperatures in the equatorial zone range from fifty-five degrees centigrade upward. The oceans are above fifty degrees. I find little chlorophyll absorption in the oceans, and none on land, barring certain mountain valleys. You would have done better to land near one or the other pole."
"The atmosphere holds thousands of megatons of water vapor, enough to support the hypothesis that Earth's continental shelves have become dry land. What remains of the oceans should be very salty …”
– from ”A World Out of Time,”
by Larry Niven
I chose to do a play on the Holt, Rinehart and Winston hardcover book jacket
(even though the orbital position for Earth depicted on that jacket is questionable at best) which lent opportunity to photo-paint the radically altered Earth and Niven’s superhot Jupiter.
Jupiter (Cassini mission: PIA04866) and Earth (Apollo: AS08-16-2593) courtesy NASA/JPL.