The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space

The High Frontier Human Colonies in Space This expanded third edition features a new preface introduction and collection of essays by space researchers

  • Title: The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space
  • Author: Gerard K. O'Neill Freeman Dyson
  • ISBN: 9781896522678
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • This expanded third edition features a new preface, introduction, and collection of essays by space researchers.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book more for 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 white-plastic future of 1970s films and Vincent di Fate paintings. Something hopeful. May it yet come.

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 more, these developments had [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. Hard to tell if this is naïve 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 [...]

    8. 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 illustrations and sketches of the space islands .It is a interesting book with historical value;i think the movie Elysium is influenced by this book

    9. 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.#misanthro [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. Copyright 1976, it's amazing for anyone to have thought that space colonies would be feasible by the 1990s.A firm schedule for the development of resources in space would depend on decisions not yet made, but it appears that construction of a high-orbital facility could begin within seven to ten years on the basis on technology now being developed for the space shuttle, and that it could be completed within fifteen to twenty-five years.-------------------Much of the public interest relates to th [...]

    12. Gerard K. O'Neill was a physicist with a number of innovations to his credit. In his book THE HIGH FRONTIER: HUMAN COLONIES IN SPACE, O'Neill put forward a proposal as a follow-up mission for the space program after the lunar landings, to combine the construction of solar power satellites and large space habitats, built from materials mined from the moon, and later from asteroids. O'Neill foresaw space colonies as a way to create a new industrial zone off the planet, using materials available fr [...]

    13. I read this book as a teenager and ate it up. Rereading it in my early 30's I notice a few things I glossed over back then:(1) a Malthusian view of the world, the errant view that people would outpace resources. "the evils of environmental damage are minor compared to others that have appeared: sharp limits on food, energy, and materials confront us at a time when most of the human race is still poor, and when much of it is on the edge of starvation"(2) Naïveté with respect to the promise of t [...]

    14. Books like this are so sad in some respects. O'Neill wasn't alone in the seventies. There were other writers (Jerry Pournelle comes to mind right off the bat) and scientists who were arguing the same case. They knew that after the Apollo program had ended the drive to get Humanity into space had also ended. It's an optomistic book, but rather sad considering what has (or hasn't happened) since it was originally published in 1975. I've always been a fan of space exploration and a long time fan of [...]

    15. This book is a superb look at the possibilities of establishing space colonies and the many benefits that could ensue from doing so. The benefits could potentially solve many of the big problems facing mankind especially renewable energy (using solar power satellites) and, in the long run, climate change and over population. The latter could help alleviate many economic problems and potentially reduce conflict/war. The book was written in 1976, but the proposals were achievable with the technolo [...]

    16. This got me started in being an avocate for moving industry off the planet and locating it in various "zones" called Lagrangian Points. These are stable locations related to where the Earth, Moon, and possibly the Sun and where the gradational attraction balances. Colonizing the Moon first for minerals needed for manufacturing, start collecting asteroids between Mars and Jupiter also for minerals needed for manufacturing. Once enough material is manufactured on the moon its transported to one of [...]

    17. A prescient book, looking ahead to the time when humanity starts to explore and settle other parts of the solar system. O'Neill does a great job of explaining the technological problems and some practical solutions, showing that people could start this expansion from Earth with current technology. As we look at the challenges and issues of global climate change and the damage to the environment produced by a lot of our industries and technologies, I believe it's looking smarter every day for hum [...]

    18. This book definitely belongs to this decade: endless possibilities after humanity's landing on the moon, but clear threats with cold war and the realisation of possibles limits to growth.Gerard K. O'Neil makes a strong case for the why of space colonisation. Why struggle down on Earth when endless resources are available in space? They would, in a matter of decades, let us relief our home planet of our excessive footprint.He also details the how, based on existing technologies at the time of wri [...]

    19. Needs a new edition!If read when it was published, this book would be awesome. I liked the diagrams and the detail of how to bootstrap such an effort.Reading from a 21st century perspective, it would be good to get an update on (a) the tech, and (b) the timelines suggested by the book. It could also have been structured more cleanly, and I felt the author was a bit naive about the fragility of habitats - not versus nature, but versus aggressors.

    20. With Apollo-era can-do spirit, O'Neill convincingly shows how we can mine oxygen on the moon, beam solar power back to earth, build colonies in high earth orbit, and homestead the asteroids, all using 1970s era technology. He promises we'll be living in Island One at L5 orbit by 2005, at the latest. A fun book for space nerds. The definitive book on giant space colony design.

    21. Great book! I read this as a kid. This should be happening by now. I'm a bit pissed off that the promising future of men walking on the moon which I watched as a toddler has not only failed to emerge, it seems we have regressed.Mankind's future isn't here on earth, and we are in trouble if we continue to hold all of our eggs in one basket.

    22. This book is elderly, but it is full of so much hope and promise that I just loved it. I write sci-fi-type stuff and got so much inspiration from it. The details are excellent, and there are enough pictures that even some difficult concepts are illustrated well. I highly recommend "The High Frontier" to people who are into the real details about how humans can make space work for them.

    23. Loved the artwork, and the clever idea of suggesting that placement of solar energy collecting satellites would be the reason for a moon colony, and that the money from this enterprise would fund further space colonies. Also the idea that it would be cheaper to build the colonies in space, and the idea for the mass accelerator.

    24. Probably the biggest advocate of space colonization with one of the most detailed plans for human settlements in space. If everyone in NASA and space exploration in general were as passionate and brilliant as O'Neill was, then his slogan of "L5 in '95" would be a reality by now.

    25. Nuts And BoltsThe author explains the nuts and bolts of creating a colony in space that would orbit the Earth. He's seems to have thought everything from growing food to feed the colonist to creating electricity to power the colony.

    26. Nice vision -- but it didn't quite play out as he thought. $20 million shuttle flights is of by a factor 50!Regardless, it's great to soak up some of the displayed optimism.

    27. This is the bible of space colonization dreamers. I've loaned it out and recovered it and kept it at my bedside. Great book if your a futurist like me.

    28. Intriguing book. Somewhat sad that we are still so far away from realizing its vision. Interesting also for being a speculative science book without being science fiction.

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