In the Year of the Rooster, Chen dreamed of a giant rooster with a beak as hard as stone and eyes the size of the moon at night. His nightmare bird pecked its way across the countryside destroying houses, uprooting trees, and killing the animals too slow to run from its massive clawed feet.
A permanent manned outpost in space was seen as the logical successor to the first manned space flights as far back as the 1960s.
The first ones, / those who built everything / worthy of the name,
"There's nothing more powerful than a memory."