Friday, January 27, 2012

Newts On the Moon

Here's an odd one in Places to Live:

Newt Gingrich is calling for a U.S. base on the moon. He's talking about "...commercial near-Earth activities that include science, tourism, and manufacturing..." and the day when 13,000 Americans living on the moon could petition to become a state.

It sounds like something out of Megan Prelinger's Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957 - 1962. I don't imagine he's been reading her book. On the other hand, he does mention a fascination with Sputnik. Probably these daydreams he's feeding us are original vintage stuff of his own.

Those dates in Megan's title are just about the time when a man like Newt, born in 1943, would have last been detached enough from personal ambition to feel a little unselfish gee-whiz. Now he sets out to show the public he has a sincere sense of wonder, and he has to dig down through sixty years of bullying and grandstanding to find it. Poor man.

Fine line here between Jumping The Shark and Mad Scientist. Either way, not promising for the terrestrial republic we've got.

[P.S. Slashdot goes to town on the Mars stuff.]

[P.P.S. And "Women of the future will make the Moon a cleaner place to live."]

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