Space. It’s a fascinating, unknown place, crying out to be explored and teasing with limitless possibilities of discovery. It’s also alarmingly hostile, capable of killing us in a million different ways, each more horrible than the last (and that’s if we assume Xenomorphs don’t exist, which we do at our peril). Space is terrific and terrifying - and it may just be your next holiday destination.
In space no one can hear you order another cocktail. But it’s about to become the go-to place for A-listers and the super wealthy to kick back and relax. With the launch of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic venture later this year, space tourism will become a reality and for a mere US$250,000 you too can holiday in the heavens. For some (myself included) that price is a bit steep, but as it’s sure to come down over time it’s never too early to start planning your pool-side Moon holiday for Summer 2030. We’re making sure you’re up to speed with the latest galactic goings-on before you blast off via our guide to space (p38).
For those concerned with more Earthly matters, one of tech’s most intense rivalries continues in this issue with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. While we’re not sold on the HTC handset’s moniker, almost everything else about it is outstanding. Does Samsung’s latest flagship device have what it takes? Find out from p59.
Keeping things close to home, we’ve been thinking about the unique approach Australians have to problem solving. It’s resulted in some pretty incredible inventions over this nation’s short history and some of them caught us by surprise. We’ve rounded up some of the best (or arguably worst if you’re a wine enthusiast) from p54.
Finally, this month we’re taking a look at the volatile world of tech start-ups and the fortunes that can be won and lost in the blink of an eye. Is this a bubble that’s about to burst? We’re approaching with caution from p49.
Enjoy the issue.