Re: biological changes to make humans able to adapt to space

Technotranscendence (
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 08:22:10 -0800

On Friday, December 03, 1999 10:11 PM Zeb Haradon wrote:
> I was looking at some terraforming links today, and got the idea of
> adjusting humans to space, rather then space to humans. A space suit is
> first attempt at this, but I think we could do better. Ideally, it would
> best to achieve changes which would allow us to walk around on the Moon or
> Mars unaided by a bulky suit.

Bruce Sterling's 1984 novel _Schismatrix_ has a group of "mechanists" (humans who use hardware to augment their abilities; there are many different types of them in the novel and associated short stories) dubbed lobsters in which the difference between body and spacesuit has become blurred.

I also briefly go over such in "For a Free Frontier: The Case for Space Colonization." (See my web site below. I dismiss terraforming because it seems too expensive and less likely. However, with nanotech... But that is almost a mantra on this list.:)


Daniel Ust