In Belgium, 600,000 people in two weeks went to see James Cameron's three-dimensional movie, Avatar. Today, it just became the second most successful movie in history (behind Titanic). The world is swept up in the awesome myth of the alien planet, Pandora and its spiritual inhabitants. In less than a hundred years we've evolved from the fictional worlds of Jules Verne and H.G. Well's War of the Worlds to a real world of the Hubble and Kepler Space Observatories and the almost weekly discovery of new planets beyond our solar system to robots, dark matter, black holes, clones, pentaflop supercomputers and augmented reality. Will the discovery of a Pandora, become a reality too in the near future? We hope so, but with a vastly more humane ethos than the sad and too familiar images of the preemptive imperial violence of Avatar.