In the Parable of the Sower, Lauren’s new religion, Earthseed has a single focused ultimate mission:
The Destiny of Earthseed
Is to take root among the stars.
Despite debt and poverty. Despite a government that threatens to cut all spending to space programs. Despite scarcity of fuels and raw materials. Despite all the problems that must take precedence on the ground. Or maybe because of all of those things.
In the book, chapter three begins with the death of an astronaut on July 30, 2024 during the most recent manned mission to Mars. Lauren talks about her worries that the space program will be shelved despite believing that space is their only hope.
But this isn’t just a story. This is where science fiction and science fact begin to merge. Because in 2012, Mars One announced plans to try and colonize Mars. Since then they have been recruiting. More than 200,000 people applied for the one-way trip. 100 are still in the running, three of whom are interviewed in the video that follows. That take-off is scheduled for 2024.