Many innovations arise out of dire need. These Nigerian teenage girls invented a way to fuel a generator with urine. We need many ways to cycle waste into usefulness for our life on earth and a future in space.
Of course where stalks of corn stand tall in the sun, no space suit is needed. So the spice we keep looking for — so we can shake more and more into the simmering sauce of our collectively imagined future — is the next innovation coming from our efforts as hackers, makers, innovators and storytellers.
The Starship Makers meet through science and story together, in the pages of scientific literature, deep in the spines of fantasy novels, and ultimately in the minds of those with the courage and whimsy to expect great things from the unknown.
Where is your Maker Station? Whose mind are you melding? What invention has captured your imagination? How will we bring it together?
Meanwhile, who will make the first Space Pizza?
Suzanna B. Stinnett