Global warming is a reality not doubted by any respectable scientist. Even without science, our collective unconscious perceives the perils of a world gone dry. The lessons of history teach us that sands shift, overpopulation drains resources, and overuse reduces fertility of land. It is important to treat water as the fundamental gift that it is.
The apocalyptic desert future world of sand and punk motorcycle warriors, Mad Max and his ilk, seems all too plausible. And the dry oceans and deserted, decaying cities of Mars populated by monsters out of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s fevered imaginings send their warnings across time and space like John Carter, the protagonist of these popular fantasies: ignore water, that most ...