For those of you who really have an interest in understanding
planetary formation, the variety of worlds that may exist in
our galaxy, evolution of galaxies in general (yea, I know,
I'm the only one here who is into this stuff...), I would
highly recomend "Worlds Without End" by John S. Lewis.
For those who are interested in their long term hazard
function, his "Rain of Iron and Ice" is also highly
Dr. Lewis teaches at the Univ. of Arizona and is one of the
world's top planetary scientists.
Interestingly enough on the last couple of pages of the book
he mentions the possible contributions of nanotechnology
to space exploration and postulates that humans may need
to evolve themselves to fully explore the galaxy. Its
nice to see a serious scientist wearing transhumanist clothes.
I'm going to really hate explaining to him that you don't
really want to leave the planets as planets... :-;
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