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Space is where we project our dreams–and our nightmares–of the future.

It’s also been the site of very real exploration for more than half a century. But that exploration has been driven by competing dreams–scientific discovery, economic exploitation, geopolitics, and more.

Science fiction scholar Lou Cornum asks: If humans are to leave Earth and become an interplanetary species, whose vision of the future will be realized? And who will get to be a part of it?

The interior of a large tubular space station, with farms and field and a river and homes.

We Are All Astronauts

Half a century after Buckminster Fuller published Spaceship Earth, the future is more organic than he thought

A black woman wearing a space helmet.

The Far Side of Utopia

In the 1960s, space programs in Lebanon and Zambia suggested a changed geopolitical world had corollaries in a larger cosmos

Two North American indigenous women, one dressed as Leia from Star Wars, the other in traditional dress.

We Are a Space People

Indigenous takes on Star Wars reorder the cosmos, even if its paradoxes are inescapable

Galileo, the Moon, and Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong.

When Space Films Are Just a Vehicle for Patriotism

Focusing on the achievements of “great men in space” overshadows the wonder of the cosmos

Two cosmonauts stand on the Moon, looking back towards Earth.

Who Gets to Go to Space?

When billionaires dictate the future of off-world exploration, space becomes just another capitalist gimmick

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How We Get To Next was a magazine that explored the future of science, technology, and culture from 2014 to 2019.