If I was ever going to Mars, we better be way past "rockets" technologically as the means to get there... Once we've figured out how to make wormholes I'll consider a vacation there [...]
That reminds me of a really great idea to start a space opera, the Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton, which is both a really good PR stunt and a great prank to spoil a second "one small step". Quoting Wikipedia:
The book opens with a short section providing backstory. As part of the first mission to Mars, a team of astronauts exits their spacecraft for the first time, only to see another man standing there, connected to an air hose that leads through a wormhole to a laboratory in California. The wormhole generator's inventors, Nigel Sheldon and Ozzie Isaacs, chose to test it by beating the crew, by moments, to become the first humans to reach Mars. The saga then moves into the Commonwealth era in 2380, when humanity has used the wormhole technology to colonise several hundred planets across hundreds of light years.
Oh, and by the way, you travel from planet to planet through the wormholes by train, as does freight.
Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)
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