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  1. I propose a work for review and discussion here that I think is about as good a resource about space settlements as will be written for a few decades to come. I know of it because Zubrin mentions it. It is, Frederick Jackson Turner, The Frontier in American History.

    In Turner the future of space development and settlements is laid out plain to see. Since we haven’t any previous space settlements experience, Turner is practically a plan for how to go about it. Much of the good in Turner is that to apply it, you have to translate it from his 1890’s vocabulary, into the future. It’s a learning experience to do this. I especially liked Turner’s observation of progressive stages of settlement. It can serve as an antidote to the easy projection of future without detail, that certainly won’t go as we’d like it to.

    So I think Turner is very much worth mentioning, here, and now.

    Cheers — Martha Adams 2009 Mar 02


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