SSTOs have been "just a few more years now" away since before I was born. Pardon me for being skeptical, but I'm skeptical. A two-stage approach seems like the closest we'll come in the forseeable future.
I'm a cynical optimist. I think the only way out is through, but once we get through it'll be better. Very different, but better. Howard Tayler
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. Gregory Benford
Power, Lord Acton says, corrupts. Not always. What power always does is reveal. Robert A. Caro