Paul Gilster’s book explores the terrain at the frontiers of hard logic and hairy thinking. Interstellar travel is now part of imagination’s landscape. Tim Radford, The Guardian, March, 2005).
Paul Gilster’s book explores the terrain at the frontiers of hard logic and hairy thinking. Hardcover: 302 pages. Imagining and Planning Interstellar Exploration.
I wrote this book because I wanted to learn more about interstel lar flight. Not the Star Trek notion of tearing around the Galaxy in a huge spaceship-that was obviously beyond existing tech nology-but a more realistic mission. In 1989 I had videotaped Voyager 2's encounter with Neptune and watched the drama of robotic exploration over and over again. I started to wonder whether we could do something similar with Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun.
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I wrote this book because I wanted to learn more about interstel lar flight.
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Paul Gilster writes on technology for the News and Observer in North Carolina and lives in Raleigh. The meat of the book is a compilation of ideas for interstellar travel. Gilster goes as far as discussing wormholes, as the physi-cal equivalent of science fiction’s spacewarp. He regards science fiction as inspirational to generations of scientists, some of whom write it. I am sympathetic to the dream, but the prose style irritated me. The tone is relentlessly positive and mostly in the present tense. Laser driven ships with vast reflecting sails and fusion powered rockets (almost normal sounding by comparison) depart for Alpha Centauri, Barnard’s Star or 61 Cygni.
Gilster introduces the challenges of imagining and planning interstellar exploration by leading readers through the difficulties of reaching and exploring the nearest bright star, Alpha Centauri
Gilster introduces the challenges of imagining and planning interstellar exploration by leading readers through the difficulties of reaching and exploring the nearest bright star, Alpha Centauri. Seeded by ideas and concepts of the late Robert Forward, the narrative is framed as a learning process undertaken simultaneously by writer and reader. Although Alpha Centauri is astronomically nearby, a postulated trip by robot spacecraft, followed by manned exploration, would take 50 to 1,000 years, depending on the type of spacecraft propulsion used.