Newt Skywalker, Space Cadet!

Newt Skywalker, Space Cadet

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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2 Responses to “Newt Skywalker, Space Cadet!”

  1. Mike Licht Says:


    “The Newt-onian Mechanics of Building a Permanent Moon Base,” Phil Plait, Discover blog

    “Radio Ad Exposes Gingrich’s ‘Out of this World’ Fiscally Insane Plans,” Rick Santorum campaign website.

    “Ground Control to Major Newt: Nevada Needs Jobs, Not Moon Colony,” Mitt Romney Press Release

  2. Goodnight, Newt « NotionsCapital Says:

    […] Despite winning a phenomenal total of two entire state primaries, disgraced former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. No word if he will resume his quest to become lunar colony governor. […]

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