Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are few people outside of the fiction world that I truly admire, but barring some unseen or future tragedy, I think Musk might well be on the way to becoming my hero.
If I didn't know any better, I might be looking at all his stated claims and seeing all the echoes of Asimov and Heinlein being dragged out of the page and brought to life.
Skip the whole Iron Man image for a second.
Let's talk about Ayn Rand.
Musk is John Galt. As in Atlas Shrugged.
Sure, he's also Dagney, too, or perhaps more like Dagney in that he's unwilling to let humanity roll around in the mud despite all the backstabbing and idiocracy, in that he hasn't said, "enough is enough". But the day is young. Wait until we get to Mars. Wait until we really take the man of genius and effort for granted. And THEN we'll see what we'll miss once it is taken away.
Ahhh, I don't want to see this man out of classic SF heroes become anything other than his stated goals.
I'll be honest here. He's giving me real hope for humanity. Maybe optimism *isn't* unfounded after all.
This biography tells me one hell of a great narrative. Is it life imitating art? The best ideals from the grandmasters? Who knows. But right now, I have real hope. I'm holding on to it for my very soul. :)
Let's MAKE the future we wanted. Let's NOT let anything stand in our way!
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