There is a second problem, which is there aren't enough experienced aerospace engineers to deliver the industry's current programs.
Disclaimer: 30 years working in aerospace...
To put it bluntly, only male authors are likely to write something autistic enough with which I can identify. Female authors insist on including relationship crap.
That's fine in regular fiction, but in sci-fi I want spaceships and mayhem.
Whilst I'm on my soapbox, it bugs the hell out of me that when even one of my favourite authors, e.g. Iain M Banks introduces a main character who is female, she is invariably stunningly attractive. Why can't she be just someone ok looking, but a good laugh and handy in a space bar brawl?
Fury Road was lukewarm at best. It was good in that it was not quite so terrible as 'Thunderdome'. When one of the main characters is a peat bog, it cannot really compare with the truly dystopian 'Wasteland' (1) or the insanely violent 'Road Warrior' (2).
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