We seem to be entering a new golden age of space exploration but with so many national and commercial players its hard to know what to believe. I take a long look at The Future of Humanity, a new book by Michio Kaku that offers valuable insight into the likely infrastructure of a future space economy.
China now occupies the role once played by the Soviet Union when futurists and science fiction writers imagine the Earth’s political tensions extending into a new era of interplanetary conflict. A brief article for The Norwich Radical in which I try to discern the vector of China’s accelerating space programme.
Writing in the midst of Europe’s interwar turbulence, the Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci observed that ‘the old world is dying away, and the new world struggles to come forth: now is the time of monsters.’ Though contemporary parallels with Gramsci’s troubled world can be overplayed, these transitional times have spawned, if not monsters, an impressive array of fabulous beasts.