|Agave americana in inflorescence|
|First drafts of our own future inflorescence?|
The agave's life cycle pretty much tracks the plot line of any escape-from-dying-Earth sci-fi. Earth is used up and done, so humans must pool our remaining resources to flee. We make one last push, with our remaining resources, to build a massive vehicle to escape, spreading ourselves with the solar wind. The agave has already shown us how it's done. When it reaches the end, it makes the big push, saying, more or less: "Let's get off this rock!"
|Artist's rendering of potential solar-sail dissemination|