Did A 1953 Book Predict Elon Musk’s Connection to Mars?

Business Insider shares this peculiar Twitter vignette that unraveled not too long ago:

A user named Tobi Li replied to Elon Musk with a screenshot from a book, originally published in 1953, that appeared to evoke the name “Elon” in relation to Mars.

“Are you sure this is real?” Musk replied.

The nonfiction book, titled “Mars Project: A Technical Tale,” was written by German aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun, and was very much a real thing. As BI went on to reveal, the translated passage contained some narrative musings on a potential future Martian government, which would be led by an elected leader. That position of leadership would be called “Elon.”

A strange coincidence. Or, perhaps, a slight bit of premonition. For a while after, Elon Musk changed his Twitter profile to read, “Technoking of Tesla, Imperator of Mars.”

Who knows? Maybe it’ll be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If Elon Musk does play a hand in getting humans to Mars, maybe a future colony would elect to call their leaders “Elon.”


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions. Might be a robot.

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