Elon Musk Names SpaceX Drone Ships in Honor of Sci-Fi Legend

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The robotic ships that serve as landing platforms for SpaceX rockets now have names that honor legendary sci-fi author Iain M. Banks.

Late last month, SpaceX’s billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk announced that he had named the company’s first spaceport drone ship “Just Read the Instructions.” The second autonomous boat, which is under construction, will be called “Of Course I Still Love You,” Musk added.

“‘Just Read the Instructions’ and ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ are two of the sentient, planet-sized Culture starships which first appear in Banks’ ‘The Player of Games,'” Tor.com noted last month. “Just as the Minds inhabiting each Culture ship choose their names with care, you have to imagine that Musk did the same here.” [6 Fun Facts About SpaceX]

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