The Future of the Interstellar Idea

  • Paul Gilster


Interstellar flight is in our future, although we cannot know when. In terms of technology—the hardware and software that will take our first probes to Alpha Centauri and other nearby stars—the challenges are immense but achievable, if only by our descendants. Our future exploring other suns seems assured if we take a moderately optimistic view of scientific progress and a something less than pessimistic view of human nature—if we assume, that is, that we will find a way to transcend sheer human cussedness long enough to explore new homes for our species before we manage to destroy the one we have.


Solar System Science Fiction Halo Orbit Solar Sail Nearby Star 
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