Space Settlement Annotated
The books, articles, and other media mentioned are, in my
opinion, some of the best references on space settlement and
related disciplines. Most of them I have read, but a few have been
recommended to me by others. I hope you find them helpful.
Last update: June 1995.
Space Settlement Books
- Space Settlements: A Design Study, NASA
SP-413,1977. Summary of an early summer study of space
- Space Resources and Space Settlements, NASA
SP-428, 1979. Detailed study of several space settlement design
aspects, including life support systems and construction
- Humans in Space: 21st Century Frontiers, Harry L.
Shipman, Plenum Press, 1989. A conservative, NASA insider view of
space settlement with lots of good information. Shipman estimates
that there is a 42% chance that space settlement is in our
- The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight
Easy Steps, Marshal T. Savage; Little, Brown and Company,
1992. An awe inspiring vision of Life colonizing the galaxy in
relatively small steps. There are decent back-of-the-envelope style
'proofs' of the feasibility of each step. But there's lots of work
to fill in the holes. A non-profit group, the First Millennial Foundation, is
trying to execute the ideas in this book.
- Colonies in Space, Heppenheimer, T.A.; Stackpole
Books. A thorough description of space settlement design factors
- Space Colonies: A CoEvolution Book Ed. Stewart
Brand; Whole Earth Catalog. This is the book that got me hooked on
space settlement. A terrific debate on the pros and cons with some
of the most far-out thinking in the field.
- Handbook for Space Colonists, Stine, G. Harry;
Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985. Discussion of space settlement
design to accommodate human requirements.
- Pioneering the Space Frontier, Report of the
National Commission on Space, Bantom Books, 1986. Projections of
human activities in space well into the 21st century.
- The High Frontier--Human Colonies in Space,
O'Neill, Gerard K.; Space Studies Institute Press, 1989 (reprint of
the 1976 edition). Descriptions of space settlement designs, with
some discussion of construction techniques and economics. Dr.
O'Neill started modern space settlement design. He is, however,
much better at physics than popular writing.
- The Space Enterprise Stine, G. Harry; Ace Books,
1980. Predicts how factories and industry will evolve in space,
including supporting infrastructure and technologies.
- The Third Industrial Revolution, Stine, G. Harry;
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1975. Wide-ranging discussion of how industry
will develop and operate in space.
Studies Institute, Princeton University, and the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) have sponsored a
biennial conference on space settlement at Princeton University for
many years. With one exception, the proceedings are published by
- Space Manufacturing 9: The High Frontier, Accession,
Development and Utilization. The 11th conference (1993). B.
- Space Manufacturing 8: Energy and Materials from
Space. The 10th conference (1991). B. Faughanan, G. Maryniak
- Space Manufacturing 7: Space Resources to Improve Life on
Earth. The 9th conference (1989). B. Faughanan, G. Maryniak
- Space Manufacturing 6: Nonterrestrial Resources,
Biosciences, and Space Engineering The 8th conference
(1987). B. Faughanan, G. Maryniak editors.
- Space Manufacturing 5: Engineering with Lunar and
Asteroidal Materials The 7th conference (1985). B.
Faughanan, G. Maryniak editors.
- I don't have the 1983 conference proceedings. It was published
- Space Manufacturing 4. The 5th conference (1981).
J. Grey, L. A. Hamdan, editors.
- Space Manufacturing Facilities 3. The 4th
conference (1979). J. Grey, L. A. Hamdan, editors.
- Space Manufacturing Facilities 2. The 3rd
conference (1977). J. Grey, editor.
- Space Manufacturing Facilities (Space Colonies).
The 1st and 2nd conference (1974 and 1975). J. Grey, editor.
Books on Background Subjects
Some of this page is copied from Spaceset materials provided by
- Introduction to Space: The Science of Spaceflight
, Damon, Thomas; Orbit Book Company, Inc., 1989. Broad-based
introductory material applicable to human activities in space;
includes methods for calculating orbital parameters.
- Orbital Motion, Roy, A. E., Adam Hilger, Bristol
and Philadelphia, 1988. Very good textbook on orbital dynamics.
Assumes the readers knows calculus and elementary vector
- Designing Places for People , Deasy, C. M.;
Whitney Library of Design, 1985. Presentation of human behavioral
issues for designers and architects of buildings and spaces.
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