Toward Distant Suns, by T. A. Heppenheimer

O'Neill Cyliner space habitat
Large space colonies may be miles in extent. Courtesy Don Davis (from Chapter 10). Toward Distant Suns

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Although this 1979 book contains much out-of-date material and many predictions that didn’t pan out, numerous plums remain. The main highlight can be found in Chapter 8, Paths of Commerce, which nicely stands on its own. Developing a space commerce is essential to space settlement, and Heppenheimer’s clear outline of one way this can be done provides insight into what could be accomplished if we just get rolling.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – The Planetary Hang-Up

Chapter 2 – The Terrestrial Hang-Up

Chapter 3 – Space Colonization Soon?

Chapter 4 – Energy, at Leisure

Chapter 5 – The Sweet Combination

Chapter 6 – Large Space Structures

Chapter 7 – Robots and Other Space Workers

Chapter 8 – Paths of Commerce

Chapter 9 – The Orbiting Bureaucracy

Chapter 10 – Lovers, Colonists, and Explorers

Chapter 11 – The Fermi Paradox

Chapter 12 – An Interstellar Hang-Up?

Chapter 13 – Perspectives on the Future


Copyright 1979, 2007 by T. A. Heppenheimer


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