Reality Check

REALITY CHECK: What if lunar HE3 *isn't* a magic bullet that will turn life into a magical fairy princess wonderland?

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A few weeks ago, I linked to an article by my new hero, SF Author Charles Stross. Today I do so again.

We've all heard about Helium Three being an economic justification for returning to the moon. If we go there and mine the stuff, we'll have limitless and cheap energy, *and* we'll be on the moon, too, both of which are better than we have now.

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REALITY CHECK: No, you're not going to the stars!

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Thirty years ago, I read an article called "No, you're not going to the stars." (In an RPG magazine, of all places!*) As a geek in good standing, I was pretty scandalized by the notion that the physical constraints of interstellar travel likely were insurmountable. I mean, hadn't Star Trek and Space: 1999 and Star Wars and Known Space shown me otherwise? Granted, those weren't real, but I was really really invested in the concept.

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