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Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures 

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Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures 

Why should we go to space? Our answers to this question have changed significantly over the past 70 years as the people, the methods, and the funding for space exploration continue to change. Many Americans enraptured by the “flags and footsteps” pride of the Apollo landings assumed that we would soon be doing the same on Mars—and yet generations of leaders have failed to galvanize that kind of commitment and excitement, to recapture the spirit of John F. Kennedy’s famous line: we do these things “not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” 

One of the important functions of science fiction is to take the novum, the “new thing,” and make it familiar through the alchemy of a story. The strange remains strange, but it also becomes known to us, as recognizable as a tricorder or a lightsaber. In this way, science fiction is a genre of exploration. The stories and essays in this volume dramatize and contextualize that reciprocal aim of exploration, to link back, to weave together, and consider how we might voyage into the unknown and forge new kinds of cooperation, commerce, and community.

This book is a compilation of sci-fi writings by Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich.

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