An impending press release from some new “billionaire-backed space company” has me on edge for the next phase of space colonization and expansion. I doubt they will be going for it as a separate launch company though… maybe. Better bet: SpaceX is cracking their knuckles at the prospect of a new customer for their Falcon 9 Heavy.
This adds to a pile of pre-existing excitement regarding asteroids for me. I am not only bouncing to see what gets discovered as NASA’s Dawn mission explores Vesta and (soon) Ceres, but I also recently read Marie Doria Russell’s The Sparrow, in which the protagonists travel to Alpha Centauri via a hollowed-out asteroid.
AND I am actually poking around with the layout for a potential novel involving asteroid mining and transport. Whew.