Terraforming [was Re: SF book recommendations wanted...]

From: Robert J. Bradbury (bradbury@aeiveos.com)
Date: Thu Jun 01 2000 - 21:07:02 MDT

On Thu, 1 Jun 2000, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:

> I intend to reference your paper as a counter to the rationale for
> terraforming, but thats not the sort of info I'm looking for at the
> moment from the list. Can you make any SF recommendations for venus
> terraforming, or for terraforming in general?

I assume that you are aware of "Terraforming: Engineering Planetary
Environments" by M. J. Fogg. Presumably that is the "bible" for
this field at this time.

You might also want to consider the argument that we will sooner
be able to engineer humans to be biocompatible with alien environments
than we will be able to engineer alien environments to be human
compatible. Its a function of the fact that humans are "programmable"
while harsh environments generally are not (so you get stuck with
the long times it takes to move around matter & energy [assuming
no nano-engineering]).


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