Colonizing Mars is normally the stuff of science fiction1, but Elon Musk wants to make it the stuff of the near future with SpaceX. Wait But Why’s recent post about How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars is a fascinating look into both Musk’s mindset and why the case for colonizing Mars is both compelling and not nearly as science fiction-y2 as you would initially think.
- I highly recommend Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy and the the (soon to-be-adapted into a movie) more recent The Martian. Read the former if you’re interested in politics, science, and delightful vagaries of humanity. Read the latter if you like swearing and science and laughing. Fuck it, read them both. ↩
- Probably not a real word. ↩