Newt Gingrich, disgraced ex-Speaker of the House, addressed GOP voters on Florida’s Space Coast this week, so of course he spoke of reviving the area’s aerospace industry by colonizing the Moon. Perhaps he’ll campaign in Nevada in support of gambling and whorehouses.
But Mr. Gingrich has soared through the deep void of space since 1984, when he, along with David Drake and 2nd ex-wife Marianne, published Window of Opportunity: A Blueprint for the Future. Today, copies of that volume sell for as much as 66 cents.
Actually, Mr. Gingrich had written science fiction before, for the U.S. Congress. As a young congressman he sponsored the National Space and Aeronautics Policy Act of 1981 which seeks to “achieve the peaceful expansion of space and atmospheric environments for the benefit of mankind and the nation.” It also contains “provisions for the government of space territories, including constitutional protections, the right to self- government, and admission to statehood.” Perhaps he yearned to be Moonbase Governor.
“I first became interested in space during the Sputnik era and began reading Missiles and Rockets Magazine when I was in the eighth grade,” Newt Gingrich told Gregory Anderson, a fellow member of the L-5 Society. “The human race has a destiny to spread across the solar system and then across the stars. I prefer that destiny be led by free people.”
“Is Newt Gingrich’s space plan science fiction?” Joel Achenbach, Washington Post
“Newt Gingrich: 8 of the GOP idea man’s more unusual ideas — Using space mirrors to light up the night sky, “Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor
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