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Elon Musk’s design vision

An evening pause: I’m not sure if his concept for a different way to interact with the computer is really the best way to do it, but his willingness to try something new makes it all worthwhile. There will — and have been — payoffs.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • Alex

    Surprize! Surprize! Elon Mus is also able to listen – in this case to President Trump!

    Elon Musk Listens Intently as President Trump Lays Out Tax Plans for business

  • Alex

    Correcting: Elon Musk

  • steve mackelprang

    Most of the 3D manipulation as was shown on the little video I can already do, and have been doing for several years using a combination of a gaming mouse in one hand and a “3D Connexion Space Explorer” in the other hand, both of which are a few years old. The gee whiz factor of just waving ones hands around isn’t there, but I’m a bit skeptical as to the accuracy/utility of the stuff shown. The 3D printing is of course a game changer and as the technology matures manufacturing techniques not possible now will become commonplace. By using the additive techniques we can build things inside of things without the need for gaskets or flanges, which for instance makes handling hydrogen a more practical reality.

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