Month: February 2015

What Does Science Fiction Get Wrong about Income Inequality?

To build any believable world of the future, you can’t just have cool gadgets and great characters; the cultural milieu within which the characters dwell is important believability. Think of, for example, Blade Runner. The dark, noir feeling makes me (I won’t dare speak for others) like I’m in a living anime. It was believable and you could get a sense of the economic system just from the buildings and the people’s clothes. Now juxtapose that with, say, The Fifth Element. Where things are a little less clear (again, to me at least). It felt like a generic version of “the future.” With this in mind, I think this is a good article to read to consider the world you’re trying to build.

Snowpiercer, Elysium: What sci-fi gets wrong about income inequality..

Americans Like Idea of Space Travel, But Don’t Want to Pay for It

Meanwhile, 42 percent say they support the U.S. spending “billions” on programs destined for the moon, Mars and asteroids. But a large share of the public — 50 percent — oppose spending that much money on space, which was similar to American sentiment in 1967, two years before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Still, most respondents in the poll said the U.S. space program has provided long-lasting benefits to society and 51 percent said increased spending would be a good investment.

via Americans want rich guys like Elon Musk to pay for space travel — not taxpayers – The Washington Post.

More Mars Mission News

“The project has been beset by controversy since its inception, with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claiming that any manned mission to Mars would leave the crew dead after just 68 days.” 68 days? That doesn’t seem optimistic. I also have a hard time believing we’d send people to Mars just to let them die.

via Life on Mars? 5 Britons make shortlist to colonize red planet — RT UK.