“The Earth is a cradle of the mind, but we cannot live forever in a cradle.”
--Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky, 1899, datalinks









 

Historically, colonization has been driven by one of two motives: it has either been the means by which small groups of strong-willed people have sought social freedom and spiritual and political autonomy, or it has been commercially or nationalistically motivated by the promise of profit by exploitation of otherwise inaccessible resources. Results have varied greatly,from famineand death to serendipitous discovery, from bloody revolution to the birth of new societies, cultures, and forms of government, from the exploitation and even genocide of indigenous cultures to the extinction of unique natural resources. Space Colonization echoes with overtones of both the promise and the horror of these historical experiences, yet harbors tantalizing, unprecedented ramifications for the human race as a whole.