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- Read Arthur C. Clarke's preface to the book
- Read Marshall T. Savage's (the author) introduction to the book
- The Millennial Project: Col2onizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps @wikipedia
- http://www.luf.org/ - The Living Universe Foundation
- http://theluf.blogspot.ca/ - The Living Universe Foundation @blogspot
- http://theluf.blogspot.ca/p/tmp-20.html - The Millennial Project 2.0
- OTEC Info at NASA
- OTEC Info at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- OTEC Info at ERT in Hawaii
- Sea Solar Power Inc.
- This company plans to build a prototype 100 Mega Watt OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Converter)
- OTEC Theory + Diagrams.
- Good External Links at bottom of their page
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a. Introduction by Arthur C. Clarkeb. Introduction by Marshall Savage (the author)
Read Arthur C. Clarke's preface1. Foundation - The Millennial Movement (Done!)
Read Marshall T. Savage's (the author) introduction to the book2. Aquarius - Space Colony at Sea (We could do this now!)
Constitute the First Millennial Foundation, an organization convened to realize these destinies.
This step is now complete.
Grow floating cities at sea to feed the world and learn the lessons of space colonization.
The author discusses a device called OTEC (Ocean Temperature Energy Converter) which is used to generate electricity, hydrogen, and distilled water. Most OTEC designs are closed cycle and emphasize power generation. The Millennial OTEC designs are open cycle and emphasize pumping nutrient rich water 1000 m (3300 ft) from the ocean floor to support food production at the surface.
- Click here for OTEC info
3. Bifrost - 21st Century Launch System (We could begin this now!)
Construct a bridge to space using a combination of electromagnetic mass drivers and ice fueled rockets controlled by ground powered free electron lasers. (when the ice turns to steam you get thrust)
The author explains why chemical rockets are obsolete (a least for deep gravity well launches like the surface of the Earth) a need to be replaced with more modern launch technology. The author also explains why NASA's current launch locations are wrong which then translate into larger launch costs.
4. Asgard - Space Colony in Orbit
Establish habitable ecospheres in space.
Believe it or not, Asgard seems more thought out than NASA's space station "Freedom" (now called the International Space Station)
The author hints at a "Dyson Cloud" concept near the end of this chapter. See chapter 7 (Solaria) for a better explanation.
5. Avallon - Ecospheres on the Moon
Build domes over craters on the moon, creating miniature ecologies and communities.
The author's description of life on the moon makes every other one I've ever read about seem lame by comparison. In fact, his vision of monorails between domed cities reminds of aerial shots of Mars on Babylon 5.
6. Elysium - Terraforming Mars
Terraform Mars to create a living planet to sustain us.
7. Solaria - Colonizing the Solar System
Transmute the substance of our solar system. (plans for a "Dyson Sphere" and a more probable "Dyson Cloud" are included)
8. Galactia - Colonizing the Galaxy
Colonize the stars
the author's summation
Appendix 1 (Aquarius)
1.1 Oceanic Thermal Resources
1.2 Reductions in Floor-space Requirements
1.3 Breakwater Barrier Specs.
1.5 Nutrients in Deep Sea Water
1.6 Spirulina Farming
1.7 Capital Costs
Appendix 2 (Bifrost)
2.1 Rocket Science
2.2 Bifrost's Costs
Appendix 3 (Asgard)
3.1 Bubble Membrane
3.2 Cable Nets
3.3 Algae System
3.4 Ecosphere Economics
3.5 Economy of Scale
3.6 Radiation Hazards
3.7 Active Radiation Shields
3.8 Earth-Moon Network
Appendix 6 (Solaria)
6.1 Population Dynamics
Appendix 8 (Foundation)
- Bibliography22 pages of source references (impressive)- End Notesreferences to 727 subscripts in the first 8 chapters (impressive)
- In "2001: A Space Odyssey", author Arthur C. Clarke tells us that another race is using "monolith" space probes to sew the seeds of intelligence through out the universe.
- In the "The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps", author Marshall T. Savage tells us that we should assume..Therefore...
- that Earth is the only planet with any form of life on it until we can prove otherwise
- that it is our destiny to spread life throughout the galaxy
- Has anyone considered the possibility that we could be the builders of a future monolith (probe) that will visit a planet to tinker with the minds of creatures that have evolved from a seeding mission by us millions of years earlier?
- I wonder what Arthur C. Clarke would have to say about this? (Arthur! If you ever read this, please drop me a line with your thoughts.)
The Millennial concept seemed to strike a chord with me at a time when the probability of humanity's future seemed low. I only wish that Gene Roddenberry were still alive. He'd integrate these ideas into a believable screen vision of the future that would make current science fiction fare seem like the original Buck Rogers films by comparison. (Star Trek notwithstanding; does anyone remember Gene's view of the future through such projects as Genesis II, Questor, and Earth II?). Someone should approach Rick Berman and/or Michael Pillar about this suggestion (at the very least I would like to see a view of Aquarius from a landing shuttle craft in the next "Star Trek" movie)