With the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6, 2018, Elon Musk sent his personal automobile into space, and paid tribute to two Sci-Fi memes that truly deserve it.
On the dashboard of the roadster is a plaque that reads “Don’t Panic” in large friendly letters. Most Sci-Fi enthusiasts recognize this being from the book/radio/TV/Film “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. (The book and the old BBC TV versions BURY that abomination of a film from 2005. )
But why the car…?
Two words “Heavy Metal”.
Best known as an “Adult Illustrated Fantasy Magazine”, Heavy Metal is a comic book for grownups.
In 1981 HM released a feature animated film under the name “Heavy Metal” featuring the voices of John Candy, Harold Ramis, John Vernon, and a number of other major Hollywood stars.
WARNING! This is NOT a kid film by any means, but it is well worth the time of animation aficionados.
The tie in to Mr. Musk’s roadster comes in the opening credits in a scene called “Soft Landing”.
Hang on, it’s a wild ride!