That doesn’t mean the US doesn’t innovate in aerospace, though. A giant, high-tech, robot blimp with a laser communication system and a starling horde of Predators. «Blue Devil» is not fast, it doesn’t zoom into outer space, it just sees global guerrillas and it illegally kills them. If anything’s gonna intimidate and cow the Chinese, it’ll be weird, scary, Gothic High-Tech devices like this, not some General Motors Martian bailout for NASA.
-Bruce Sterling, «Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky: State of the World 2012»