Forrest Bishop (
Sat, 03 Jan 1998 02:23:05 -0800

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> (Forrest Bishop) writes:
> > Damien Broderick wrote:
> > >
> > >The sensible versions I've read use solar mirrors to melt asteroid metals
> > >in situ, then railgun standardised ingots to a relay station at one of the
> > >earth-moon libration points, for redirection to earth (after, perhaps,
> > >reshaping into lifting bodies). Still pretty scary.
> >
> > Where have you read this (besides my proposal)?
> One method was used in Hamilton's _The Neutronium Alchemist_ (the
> sequel to _The Reality Dysfunction_; some rather interesting
> transhuman/biotech ideas together with space opera and an utterly
> absurd menace). Ores are refined in space and turned into foam metal,

What I refer to is the space transportation network ("Interworld Rapid
System"). Afaik it is the first such proposal,
not counting science fiction (these are not backed up with any