LOOK: Elon Musk's SpaceX Drone Ship Is a Huge Nod and Dedication to His Favorite Novel Series, Iain Bank's Culture!—Is the CEO the Ultimate Fanboy?

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SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, is now considered to be one of the biggest fanboys in town because of the company's drone ship, the tech-controlled catcher and collector of the rockets returning to the surface, being a colossal nod and dedication to his favorite sci-fi novel series, Culture, by Iain Banks. Elon Musk's tweet is now going viral, and fans understand the message printed on the drone ship.

The eccentric CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, is known to give cryptic messages and share interesting tweets that his followers immediately decode and discover. Elon Musk's tweets and public statements span from providing the most information about the latest tech in his companies or be pure nonsense or comical views in the form of memes.

Elon Musk's 'Of Course I Still Love You' Tweet: What does it mean?

Now, Elon Musk tweets a single-lined statement, "of course I still love you," which sounds like a tweet for his partner, the Canadian musician, Grimes, or even his bizarrely-named son, X Æ A-Xii Musk. However, fans were quick to decode and rushed to give a reasonable explanation, explaining the statement.

The prints embedded on the SpaceX Drone

of course I still love you — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2020

   Ship is not for the people that the SpaceX CEO loves, rather a dedication for his admiration and love for the widely popular science fiction series, Culture by Iain Banks. Two of SpaceX's drone ships are printed with nods and easter eggs from the series.

The droneship names of SpaceX are from Iain Banks' Culture series. Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic and Just Read the Instructions on the Pacific & yet to be built A Shortfall of Gravitas. Must read the Culture it's really good! — Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) September 18, 2020


Elon Musk's admiration for Iain Banks led to honor the legendary sci-fi author with a befitting ship that somehow symbolizes space travel. 'Of Course I Still Love You' on the Atlantic waters and 'Just Read the Instructions' on the Pacific are two of the ships found on the Culture series.

The legendary Scottish author died of cancer last 2013 at the age of 52.

Culture Novels

The SpaceX's Atlantic and the Pacific drone ships are named after the two planet-sized and sentient vessels found on the second book, The Player of Games, of the Culture Series by Iain Banks. The series is about a symbiotic society of humans and machines led and dominated by "Great Players" on board games and strategy matches.

The Player of Games' sentient ships resembles planets and are places of life in the sci-fi series. SpaceX's 'Of Course I Still Love You' and 'Just Read the Instructions' are huge callbacks to the planetoid ships as both drone ships are placed in two of the world's most massive oceans.

OCISLY and JRTI Autonomous Drone Ships

Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY), and Just Read the Instructions (JRTI), the peculiarly-named drone ships serve a massive purpose for SpaceX to retrieve its reusable rockets that revolutionized the world's human and cargo flights up in the celestial bodies.

Both ships were created way back in 2015 that is solely dedicated to the SpaceX ships' welcoming party that successfully lands back to the Earth's surface.

A Shortfall of Gravitas — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 12, 2018

Now, the drone ships would find a new addition to its fleet with the "A Short Fall to Gravitas," that was teased by the SpaceX CEO way back in 2018, and will be located in the East Coast for the Falcon 9's high flight rates and the FH's dual ocean landings of the side boosters.

East, to support high flight rates for F9 and dual ocean landings for FH side boosters — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 12, 2018


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