He who controls the Moon controls cislunar space. He who controls cislunar space dominates the Earth.

As the second lunar space race heats up, it is time to think seriously about the geopolitics of lunar colonization. The public discourse so far has been dominated by idealistic one-worlders who subscribe to utopian but unworkable schemes to preserve the Moon for the benefit of all mankind.

But human nature trumps gauzy humanitarian visions every time. There will be four motivations for colonizing and developing the Moon: not just science and knowledge but commerce, power, and ideology.

We explore those driving forces on this blog and in the accompanying novel, “Dust Mites: The Siege of Airlock Three.”

— James A. Bacon