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Testimonials

“Gerard O’Neill’s The High Frontier…changed our way of thinking of space, of space habitats, of the Moon and Sun as resources.”

–Dr. Isaac Asimov

 

“Our technology is capable of extraordinary new ventures in space, one of which Gerard K. O’Neill has described to you…it is practical.”

–Dr. Carl Sagan

 

“The High Frontier provides a lucid description of the next phase in biological evolution…a thought-provoking work of true historical significance. It should be read by all who would understand the impact of advancing technology on life in the next century.”

–Thomas Paine, Administrator, NASA, 1968-70

 

“O’Neill points out that the total land area of the space colonies could be three times that of Earth by the end of the next century; as early as the year 2050, he believes, the population of the Earth might stabilize and even decline as people emigrate to space…

“O’Neill’s space-colony concept is a classic case of serendipity in science. In 1969 he assigned the idea as a hypothetical problem to his introductory physics course. He was startled by the speed with which critical physical problems were apparently solved by his students, and he began to take the concept seriously…”

–Ron Chernow

 

“What makes this concept plausible and lifts the vision out of the realm of science fiction is the careful manner in which O’Neill has analyzed the masses of material necessary, the details of design, the thicknesses and strengths of materials required, the manner of lifting and assembly, and the cost of it all. The conclusion is that the establishment of such space colonies is possible and even practical in terms of present-day technology.”

–Dr. Isaac Asimov

 

“The High Frontier is O’Neill’s eloquent and elegant argument…I’m backing O’Neill. How about you?”

–New Scientist

 

“Dr. O’Neill is a dreamer, yet a perceptive thinker. It is extraordinary to realize that his dream…is now becoming achievable through our collective technology. Humanity’s future is fast extending into the Solar System.”

–Dr. Joseph P. Allen, Astronaut

 

“I first read The High Frontier many years ago, long before I ever imagined that I would someday orbit the Earth myself. The book’s central premise–that much of the general knowledge and technology needed to design a human habitat in space were already in hand–made quite an impression upon me in 1976.

…As you read this book, I hope you will come to share some of [Gerry O’Neill’s] vision and will consider some of the problems that confront us now, as we strive to become a spacefaring people in the next century.

…I, for one, believe that increasing both human activity in space and automated exploration of our solar system will teach us many lessons, and will compel us to develop many technologies, that will be important, in some cases perhaps crucial, to the well-being of human societies on Earth, as well as to our possible descendants in space. Can there be any better motivation for persevering through the challenges ahead of us on the space frontier? Well, perhaps just one: the view of Earth out the window of my future living room…

–Kathy Sullivan, Astronaut


The High Frontier project is a joint effort of the Space Studies Institute and the Space Frontier Foundation.