Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, has started a private space development company called Blue Origin. It’s nice to see all this interest in private space exporation, especially by folks with money to spend. Oddly enough, Neal Stephenson is being listed as one of the advisors. I say “oddly enough” because all of his sci-fi stories (to date, at least) have been set firmly on Earth. He has his own reasons for joining, though.