Edi­tor’s let­ter

Australian T3 - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Rob Ed­wards, Edi­tor Email: rob.ed­wards@fu­turenet.com

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.

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