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  1. says:

    There are few books as optimistic but also disheartening as old predictions about the future of space colonization Gerard O Neill was a particle physicist and founder of the Space Studies Institute, a non profit devoted to space colonization In 1976, he published this book on the future of space colonization as a long term solution to the continued problems of overpopulation, resource usage, and shortages.His plans involved the creation of large sustainable space colonies which would become se There are few books as optimistic but also disheartening as old predictions about the future of space colonization Gerard O Neill was a particle physicist and founder of the Space Studies Institute, a non profit devoted to space colonization In 1976, he published this book on the future of space colonization as a long term solution to the continued problems of overpopulation, resource usage, and shortages.His plans involved the creation of large sustainable space colonies which would become self sufficient through agricultural production and automated repairs Construction could involve either asteroid mining or using lunar soil The colonies would also be powered by photo voltaic cells The ideas were and still are technologically feasible The main impeding factor is cost O Neill underestimates the cost of shuttle flight and the cost of bringing a...


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    this is the second review can i truly say i have read this twice the first time was a paperback, with coloured illustrations, i must have been a teenager under 17 my usual cutoff so this was not first edition, which i see here was forty two years ago i had forgotten how much this book is dedicated to making the economic case, not relying on anything like the tech since common in a way, this reminds me of verne, describing the fantastic according to his time, making it familiar, though he d this is the second review can i truly say i have read this twice the first time was a paperback, with coloured illustrations, i must have been a teenager under 17 my usual cutoff so this was not first edition, which i see here was forty two years ago i had forgotten how much this book is dedicated to making the economic case, not relying on anything like the tech since common in a way, this reminds me of verne, describing the fantastic according to his time,...


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    I enjoyed this bookfor what it represents than for the actual content A shining dream that if not for the Challenger and Columbia disasters, and NASA s woeful management of the space program, might be partly realised today This is the future I always wanted to live in growing up, the clean and...


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    Straight from the good days of science fiction where there is hope and potential, compared to the bleak post apocalyptic content we see these days Gerard K O Neill may have had an idealistic vision of the future of the human race, but he backed it up with hard science and theory whilst still making it accessible to the average person He nicely balances the history of space exploration, theories from the science community in his time, and his own hypothesis and ideas in regards to road mapping Straight from the good days of science fiction where there is hope and potential, compared to the bleak post apocalyptic content we see these days Gerard K O Neill may have had an idealistic vision of the future of the human race, but...


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    Politics and economics had much to do with the fate of this dream of the future from physicist Gerard K O Neill, first published in the mid 1970s Since the 19th century at least, nations had been seeking a competitive advantage by pursuing high technology Much that was achieved in unmanned and manned flight up to the landing of humans on the moon had brought payoffs not only in terms of national prestige but also in many military and civilian applications What s , these developments had Politics and economics had much to do with the fate of this dream of the future from physicist Gerard K O Neill, first published in the mid 1970s Since the 19th century at least, nations had been seeking a competitive advantage by pursuing high technology Much that was achieved in unmanned and manned flight up to the landing of humans on the moon had brought payoffs not only in terms of national prestige but also in many military and civilian applications What s , these developments had generated optimism, excitement, a sense of wonder about what the years ahead would bring That was the atmosphere in which O Neill wrote this short book and the atmosphere in which I read it, not long after its publication If men and women, as the Soviet Union first showed could venture into Earth orbit or beyond for short trips, why couldn t they live and work somewhere out there O Neill was one of many who believed that they could, and in this book he described a handful of the technical concepts that would...


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    A complaint I sometimes have about plans, ideas or programs put forth by space advocates I consider myself to be one is that they are often long on the what, but short on the why O Neill may be deficient in other areas of his proposals, but the Why is not one of them and I have to applaud him for that His primary justification is the development of cheap energy for Earth That would at least get venture capitalists to put down their coffee And secondly he offers new Real Estate to provide A complaint I sometimes have about plans, ideas or programs put forth by space advocates I consider myself to be one is that they are often long on the what, but short on the why O Neill may be deficient in other areas of his...


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    Hard to tell if this is na ve or way ahead of its time I mean, there s nothing that I know of that s strictly impossible in here, but it s almost forty years since publication and our one fully functional space station is nowhere near the Islands or Bernal Spheres that the author outlines I think the big thing stopping us is the sheer cost of getting a payload out of our gravity well, something O Neill doesn t really address and that a lot of people mistakenly thought would just get easier as Hard to tell if this is na ve or way ahead of its time I mean, there s nothing that I know of that s strictly impossible in here, but it s almost forty years since publication and our one fully functional space station is nowhere near the Islands or Bernal Spheres that the author outlines I think the ...


  8. says:

    In this rather optimistic, tecnologically plausible book the profesor ONeill develops space colonies or islands of great size, populated by humans exploiting resources of other astronomic bodies tan Earth in orthe to solve the population and finite resources of Earth problem the book is full of il...


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    In the wake of the Apollo program, humanity was in a mindset we truly can be proud of What s next The universe is the limit Unfortunately, we then dragged ourselves through half a century of close mindedness, petty politics, and unpardonable lack of vision We ve fallen embarrassingly short of Gerard s beautiful and practical visions This is no fault of his own So long, beautiful dreamer Thank you for sharing your glimpse of what we truly could have used these past decades for misanth In the wake of the Apollo program, humanity was in a mindset we truly can be proud of What s next The universe is ...


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    The High Frontier 1976 by Gerard K O Neill describes how humans could build large space colonies in the solar system O Neil was physicist who specialised in high energy physics The book outlines how space colonies could be built and how they would be superior to planetary colonisation These large space habitats would be placed near stable Lagrangian points The initial colonies would be rotating spheres and the equatorial regions would have centrifugal force to feel like gravity Later colo The High Frontier 1976 by Gerard K O Neill describes how humans could build large space colonies in the solar system O Neil was physicist who specialised in high energy physics The book outlines how space colonies could be built and how they would be superior to planetary colonisation These large space habitats would be placed near stable Lagrangian points The initial colonies would be rotating spheres and the equatorial regions would have centrifugal force to feel like gravity Later colonies would be rotating cylinders The materials would be obtained by mining the moon and asteroids for raw materials These raw materials would be launched ...


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