Maybe it’s our inability to see beyond the current paradigm we live in or grew up with, but many sci-fi epics like “Dune” and “Star Wars” are actually about trade and natural resource extraction rather than something more high-minded and futuristic. Or maybe they’re dead on, because space mining is just around the corner.

Whether it’s efforts to drill the bottom of the moon, or to tap asteroids for their precious metals and — believe it or not — their water, space mining companies exist today, they have money and are beginning to launch early testing craft.

Asteroid roughneckers could soon be the new Beverly Hillbillies.

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8 sci-fi ideas that might become science fact pretty soon (pictures)