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  • The science fiction writer Jack Vance coined a memorable proverb in his novel The Star King

    Policing the Future

    The science fiction writer Jack Vance coined a memorable proverb in his novel The Star King

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  • Attempting to predict what may happen in the future, as humanity makes its first steps into space

    He Who Controls The Past

    Attempting to predict what may happen in the future, as humanity makes its first steps into space

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  • Parallel worlds could be right next to us.

    The Worlds Next Door

    Parallel worlds could be right next to us.

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  • We hear so much about the obstacles to long-distance manned spaceflight these days – medical, technical or operational – that we might be forgiven for thinking that it will never happen.  But even if those difficulties prove to be insurmountable, the drive to explore the cosmos is unlikely to fade.

    All In The Mind

    We hear so much about the obstacles to long-distance manned spaceflight these days – medical, technical or operational – that we might be forgiven for thinking that it will never happen.  But even if those difficulties prove to be insurmountable, the drive to explore the cosmos is unlikely to fade.

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  • Visions of Britain after some apocalyptic disaster frequently appear in science fiction.  They can suggest evocative scenarios in which we could imagine ourselves in the near future, usually exerting some of the “Dunkirk spirit” with which our country is still widely associated.

    Apocalypse Before Long

    Visions of Britain after some apocalyptic disaster frequently appear in science fiction.  They can suggest evocative scenarios in which we could imagine ourselves in the near future, usually exerting some of the “Dunkirk spirit” with which our country is still widely associated.

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  • The Moon is so relatively close to us in space that it was often the scene of imaginative human trips there long before the Apollo program achieved that goal for real.

    Standing under the Moon

    The Moon is so relatively close to us in space that it was often the scene of imaginative human trips there long before the Apollo program achieved that goal for real.

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  • Human survival on other planets will depend on adequate protection from an unwelcoming, or even openly hostile, environment.

    Sanctuary, Sanctuary

    Human survival on other planets will depend on adequate protection from an unwelcoming, or even openly hostile, environment.

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  • Ocean exoplanets are now being detected in our galaxy, and may well contain life. 

    Life Beneath the Ocean Wave

    Ocean exoplanets are now being detected in our galaxy, and may well contain life. 

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  • Our civilization needs a lot of power to survive. And if our descendants eventually spread throughout the Galaxy, their energy requirements will dwarf anything we need today. Every possible source will need to be considered, and they will almost certainly turn their attention to those concentrations of matter and energy where the gravitational field is so strong that spacetime is completely curved back on itself and nothing, not even light, can escape – black holes.

    Mining the Depths

    Our civilization needs a lot of power to survive. And if our descendants eventually spread throughout the Galaxy, their energy requirements will dwarf anything we need today. Every possible source will need to be considered, and they will almost certainly turn their attention to those concentrations of matter and energy where the gravitational field is so strong that spacetime is completely curved back on itself and nothing, not even light, can escape – black holes.

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  • The future of humanity in space is inevitably linked with the colonization of other planets, in our Solar System or beyond. Unless our descendants are to live permanently in spacecraft, of whatever dimensions may be feasible with their advanced technology, surfaces of other worlds are our only likely homes in the centuries to come. Which raises questions as to what those surfaces may be like.

    Near Horizons

    The future of humanity in space is inevitably linked with the colonization of other planets, in our Solar System or beyond. Unless our descendants are to live permanently in spacecraft, of whatever dimensions may be feasible with their advanced technology, surfaces of other worlds are our only likely homes in the centuries to come. Which raises questions as to what those surfaces may be like.

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