SpaceX: Promises, Promises

Arthur C. Clarke set his masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey in the first year of the twenty-first century for two reasons:  to assure us that science and technology were on the cusp of great, far-sweeping changes, and to suggest that such changes would occur much sooner than later. One example of the great-changes-in-the-offing narrative is all the hoopla over SpaceX. And who knows? Maybe the hoopla is well-founded. However, as a science fiction writer, I remain unconvinced. Modern science fiction is typically only science fantasy. While science fiction extrapolates on current technology to discuss its implications for the future, science fantasy uses technology as a theme to tell an imaginative tale outside the bounds of the scientifically plausible. What is reported in the news about science often suffers from an inability to tell fiction from fantasy. This may be the case with what we read about SpaceX. As much as I admire Clarke, as a visionary he was full of beans. As a...(Read Full Article)