Ah, well. No, actually I meant for the reasonably forseeable future.
And on the contrary, assuming ANYone's EVER going to fund it
Also on the contrary (and as I said), I think there are a lot of
exceptionally bright and well-meaning people here.
There are, of course, bound to be exceptions...
Odd that you equate science fiction with stupdity.
As the man said, Imagination is more important than knowledge.
On 31 Jan 2001, at 0:32, Michael M. Butler wrote:
> Oh. I see. You meant the chances of some deep pockets starting up a
> program to ship permanent inhabitants in a self-sustaining colony this
> week, and pursuing it to completion, were a billion to one.
> Well. Duh.
> You must really think everyone on this list but you just fell off the
> turnip truck on the way to their first science fiction convention.
> Sheesh. This is even shallower than the flamebaiting "g" threads. Start
> with absurd assumptions, it's no effort at all to come to absurd
> conclusions. Be my guest, but don't expect a huge following.
> John Marlow wrote:
> > #1? The common man.
> > #2? Politicians.
> > #1 doesn't give a damn, so #2 won't put up the money.
> > End of story.
> > As to private investment, with current tech aiming for Mars would
> > break Bill Gates.
> > Again, end of story.
> > In short--it ain't in the near-term cards.
> > You can show a 90% cost reduction, maybe someone will be interested,
> > maybe not.
> > jm
> > On 30 Jan 2001, at 22:30, Spike Jones wrote:
> > > > Star drives and colonization are cool and desirable--but, dude, we've
> > > > got a lot of prep to do right here, right now, if we're ever gonna
> > > > get there.
> > >
> > > So lets do it. Whats the problem? Why should it take a century?
> > > Star drives are difficult, but the asteroids are right here in our
> > > back yards. Hell we can reach those with primative chemical
> > > rockets, fer cryin out loud. John what roadblocks are scaring
> > > you? Write em out and lets deal with em. spike
> > >
> > John Marlow
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