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The High Frontier. Huh. Not what I expected.

TaggedSpace, Advocacy

In the early 1970s America had proved its leadership in Human Spaceflight but among the nation’s youth an anti-technology mindset was growing.  Princeton Physicist Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, inventor of the revolutionary Colliding-Beam Storage Ring technology that is now the basis of all high energy particle accelerators, asked his students if they could come up with a working Space Colony system to permanently and happily house and employ tens of thousands of regular people.  Regular people who wanted more out of their lives.

In an age of doom and gloom reporting limits to growth on Earth, a hopeful future was now in their own hands and the students dug into the challenge.  Soon the small group grew to scores of researchers both young and old, all united in the Big Dream of letting real people have a real choice in their futures.  The O’Neill Space Vision became a mainstream topic in every major newspaper and magazine, on every television network, from the halls of high schools to the halls of Congress.  In 1976, Dr. O’Neill put his three-pronged plan of Space Colonization, Space Solar Power and Large Scale Space construction into easily accessible form with the release of the book The High Frontier.  Twelve years later, The Space Studies Institute, founded by O’Neill, re-released the original text, unchanged except for the doctor’s addition of the Appendix “A View from 1988.” 

This is one of the milestone and timeless classics of Space Habitation, Alternative Power, Lunar and Asteroidal Materials Processing, In-Space Construction and, above all, positive Human Potential.  Clearly laid out, with devilish details made plain. Every level of interested reader will come away changed by what all that was – and still is - all made possible with technology already in our reach.  A Must-Read.


Personally I would suggest getting the second edition, the one with the cover shown below.  The third edition's double column style and added commentary si GREAT for researchers and people who already have the "vision" understood.  The second, O'Neill-only edition delivers the punch when you're getting started in the concepts.  Just my opinion.

cover art by Pat Rawlings,



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