Exoplanet Colonization Program

Help Us Recruit

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


What is known
about Exoplanets

   Typical Planetary System
   Planet Candidate Chart
   Colonization Candidates













Today begins our migration to new worlds and to a new fresh, clean life for Humankind.  As we spread across the galaxy, we will grow in wisdom, knowledge and ability.  This wisdom will in turn revitalize the Earth that nurtured us.  You who depart today comprise the first droplets of a giant flood that soon will follow, for nature dictates that all people will become PIONEERS FROM EARTH!"

From remarks by Lee Alan,
Director of Space Flight Operations,
International Council for Space Exploration
at the departure ceremonies for the first Wyzdom pioneers, 23 April, 2114 BCET 

excerpted from Handbook For Space Pioneers

a manual of the Galactic Association (Earth Branch)

© 2015 L.Stephen Wolfe and Roy L. Wysack