Terraforming Mars has always been the hotness in science fiction. Between movies and books and playing games like Surviving Mars, we spend a lot of time thinking about making a second home on the red ball next door.
Per Aspera released this week, and if you want to terraform Mars or have a hankering for making production lines of factories efficient, then you should give it a look. Per Aspera says it is beyond a city builder, it is a planet builder and that gets my attention.
Being an AI with a big job and not having to worry too much about humans means that you are building for efficient production lines and factories, rather than worrying about how things look. Bigger factories means you can process more raw resources, which means faster expansion, but you need more power for that.
It sounds like an absolutely grand time, and now I am trying to work out if I can fit some efficiency into my weekend anywhere.