Tuesday, January 8, 2013
8 January 2013
In the year 2000!
Prediction: Interplanetary travel is waiting at your front door -- C.O.D. It's yours when you pay for it.
Predictor: Robert A. Heinlein in a set of predictions from 1950.
Accuracy: There was a sub-genre of science fiction called "Hard SF", which was big on scientific accuracy. Heinlein's defenders put him in this category.
You will have to pry the idea of interplanetary travel from the cold, dead brains of the hard SF crowd.
They assumed it would be like explorers traveling to the South Pole. You couldn't stop the the human desires for knowledge, glory and adventure.
Well, we can send machines and learn quite a bit. The dangers and prohibitive cost of human space travel far outweigh the glory and so far, there is very little profit to be made in space exploration. There may be more manned missions to the moon in my lifetime, but I seriously doubt I will live to see a person stepping onto the surface of Mars.
Looking one day... INTO THE FUTURE! John Elfreth Watkins gets his second turn at bat, telling us of the marvelous advances in human health that await us... in the year 2000!
Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!