In 1977, L. Stephen Wolfe, and Roy L. Wysack collaborated on a book about the first human settlers on exoplanets (planets in other star systems). The book was called Pioneers from Earth, and was later published by Grosset and Dunlap (US) and David and Charles (UK) under the title Handbook for Space Pioneers.
In the late 1970s, astronomers had yet to discover physical evidence of any planets orbiting other stars. Today, scientists have discovered 14 earth-sized planets orbiting other suns that get about as much radiation as earth, and they’re just getting started. In our minds, the question is not if humans will inhabit other planets, it’s when.
In light of these discoveries, the authors of Handbook for Space Pioneers and creators of the "Galactic Association of Intelligent Life" (GAIL) have published their work online for free to share with those who want to visualize how exciting exoplanet colonization could be. We want to see the GAILearth.com site become a worldwide cooperative science fiction project where creative people can contribute their ideas about what life on exoplanets might be like when we get there.
To that end we need contributions from artists, engineers, architects, map-makers, 3D modelers, scientists, and writers who want to create life, living spaces, and natural environments that people might find on exoplanets. If you’d like to participate or just see what we’re creating visit GAILearth.com now, and share in the adventure. Look at our ideas for settling exoplanets, and send us yours!
Photo Credit: NASA/Adler/U. Chicago/Wesleyyan/JPL-Caltech
excerpted from Handbook For Space Pioneers
a manual of the Galactic Association (Earth Branch)
© 2015 L.Stephen Wolfe and Roy L. Wysack