Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Review Copy to Slashdot

ATTENTION REVIEWERS: if you're with a publication or blog that has 10,000+ unique visitors per month, just leave a comment here with your contact url and I'll be happy to send you a copy of Gaiome (please specify soft cover or PDF). Here's a copy of the cover letter I sent to Slashdot. –KSP

Dear Slashdot,

Three decades have passed since Gerard K. O'Neill's The High Frontier, yet space travel remains as dangerous and expensive as ever. What will it take to achieve what Blue Origin calls "an enduring human presence in space?"

My new book Gaiome addresses this question directly. It updates O'Neill's work, names what his colonies were trying to be, and describes what our civilization must become in order to build them.

If you are looking for a shortcut to space—perhaps a clever invention or a business plan—you will not find it here. And brace yourself if you ever believed in the High Frontier: Gaiome reveals how space lacks every promise the frontier once had while posing challenges far deeper than technology. Yet the book still suggests that space habitation is worth the effort, albeit of a new and different kind.

I've noticed that many Slashdot participants have voiced frustration in recent years, not just with our lack of progress in space travel, but also the lack of anything new to say about it. I wrote Gaiome to pump as much fresh air into the discussion as possible. Please read, enjoy, and consider it for review.

Kevin Scott Polk

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