Summary: On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle on the moon's Sea of Tranquility and Armstrong took his giant leap for humanity. Now 45 years later we can cooly evaluate the Apollo program. What went wrong? What is the future of humanity in space? "Given time, a desire, considerable innovation, and … Continue reading Why humanity has not gone to space, and why we will.
Summary: In the 1960s many bright people, from scientists to science fiction writers, predicted that we would have a large presence in space by now. They correctly predicted we would have the technology. Why do we have nothing but a few small robot explorers? What will eventually draw us into space? This is a follow-up … Continue reading Why we have not gone into space, & why we will.
Summary: People's favorite fantasies don't reveal what they'll do, but provides a window into their thinking. Conservatives talk about the problem of the "takers" (ie, the "47%"). A famous science fiction author describes one solution in his best-selling books. Read and applaud! A comment by Graydon at Brad DeLong's website: Jerry Pournelle's Codominium stories from … Continue reading Too many “takers”? Look to science fiction for the hard-Right answer!