Fictional Space Colonies We’d Actually Be Down to Live In

We don’t agree with a lot of what Newt Gingrich says, but when he vowed to establish a colony on the moon, we have to admit that we were intrigued. Now don’t get us wrong, we think this is a ridiculous idea, but it did get us to thinking about what our ideal moon colony might look like. After all, if “honeymoons in space will be the vogue by 2020,” we’re going to want to know the coolest places to go. So we’ve put together this list of fictional space colonies we’d actually be down to live in, in case Gingrich needs a little inspiration for his base’s decor or government policies. And since they’re fictional, well, we don’t have to worry about that question of how to pay for it. One thing, though: there will be no children working as janitors. Sorry, Newt, but you can’t have everything. Click through to read our list of fictional space colonies we’d actually like to live in (or at least go to on our honeymoons) and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites in the comments.

The lunar colonies in Robert A. Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

We actually think Newt might have this one in mind — after all, he’d be a proponent of TANSTAAFL! (otherwise known as There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!) We like it because the “Loonies” live in a relatively peaceful society where women are scarce and therefore revered, where there is little crime and a high value placed on reputation — failure to pay your debts, for instance, is punished by public shaming, which is pretty much the worst. One of our favorite characters, Professor de la Paz, describes himself as a “rational anarchist” and famously says, “In terms of morals there is no such thing as a ‘state.’ Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free, because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything that I do.” There’s also a self-aware supercomputer named Mike.