I actually have a Two Degrees of Separation connection with Kim. One of my very long term buddies is connected to him by marriage somehow. I forget the exact details. Love his books. He also writes stuff about Antarctica expeditions, Davis, California, and the UCSD research community and surrounding tech startups. My wife attended Davis Vet School, and I have gone on a Scripps Institute expedition in the Far North, worked for UCSD, and worked at some of those tech startups myself. I'm a bit surprised we never met.
We're flying electric helicopters on Mars yet you can't turn on your clothes dryer in Texas. That's because scientists are in charge of Mars, and Republicans are in charge of Texas.