the Next Frontier
by Anthony Tate
Part 1: The Frontier Spirit
America loves its legends. George Washington in Valley Forge. The
Wild West. World War II. The Man on the Moon.
But lately, it seems the legends have stopped.
Sure, we have the Internet to play with now, and computers are changing
the world in ways we can scarcely grasp as of yet. The Soviet Union
is no more, and despite our current travails with terrorism, a certain
comfortable familiarity has us in its grip.
Where is the next legend? Where is the next frontier? Or are we
just going to go comfortably off into retirement?
If the 'entertainments' of the kids these days are any indication,
Extreme sports, fun little things like 'base jumping' and other
diversions indicate that the next generation of Americans are harkening
back to their roots in a big way. America is ready for the next
challenge, refreshed, revitalized, and shaking off old fears and
But what could have caused our recent doldrums?
Why have we not gone back to deep space, that logical 'Final Frontier,'
for so many years after Apollo? I believe it was a confluence of
several factors, most of which have now passed, that caused us to
huddle close to the bosom of Mother Earth for these past decades.
1: The Frontier
What went wrong.
Where do we go next?
So, why aren't we going?
Dealing with the Devil
A brief technical interlude
So how good is Nuclear, anyway?
Heat, temperature, and cooling.
But isn't this dangerous?
Prometheus would be proud of us.
Ok, that all sounds nice, but this is just fantasy, right?
But isn't this just too big?
But doesn't this thing make nuclear waste?