COLONIES IN SPACE: The Next Giant Step by Frederic Golden

COLONIES IN SPACE: The Next Giant Step

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Drawing no doubt on the same sources (largely Gerard O'Neill himself) used by Knight (above), and covering much the same ground, Golden goes into more detail both on the scientific and imaginative precursors to physicist O'Neill's ideas of life in space and on the planning, building, and operation of the projected colonies--whether the topic is transporting lunar ore, farming in space pods, or running satellite power stations. Golden also gives more attention to competing designs for the habitats and, in general, indicates more diversity of opinion in the planning--though an occasional voice of dissent on the overall concept would be welcome. Readers will find a livelier, more open discussion of O'Neill's ideas in the recent controversy waged in Coevolution Quarterly (a Whole Earth Catalog offspring), but--within the conventions of the YA survey--Golden does make the possibilities seem intriguing.

Pub Date: May 31st, 1977
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich