MICROSOFT’S NEW SURFACE Book is easily the most compelling device the company has ever made. It’s attractive, in a slightly boxy, brushed-aluminum sort of way. It’s super powerful, yet light and thin. It works with a stylus, it detaches to become a tablet, and it has the craziest hinge you’ve ever seen. But the Surface Book isn’t exciting because it’s new and weird and different. It’s exciting because, when you look past all the bells and whistles, this is just a laptop. After years of trying to force everyone into the future it imagined, Microsoft built one for the world we actually live in.
For more than century, humans have imagined building colonies on Mars, and now settling the Red Planet is no longer a pipe dream—it’s something we might achieve in little over a decade. And many people, including the author of the new book How We’ll Live on Mars, believe our very survival as a species hinges on it.