By Alex Rogers

When he's not busy with science stuff, Alex Rogers is a story producer for cable-grade reality television. In the future, he hopes to be a participant in the latest bloodsport craze, Rocket Danger Biking.


The amount of energy required by gravity to hold the Earth together is called “Gravitational Binding Energy. If we were to build a device capable of generating an amount of energy equal to the paltry sum of 1 GBE we could easily destroy this measly planet, unless of course the UN sees things my way and agrees to pay a delicate sum for their precious world. The Earth’s topography is unique in the solar system, constantly changing thanks to tectonic plates that shift over a arm, magma-like mantle. If enough freeze energy were supplied by ice nanites burrowing deep beyond…