Is this the century we begin to build starships ?

Starship Century is a symposium (May 21-23, 2013 in San Diego) coordinated by the new Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination in collaboration with Gregory and James Benford, presenting ideas from their anthology of science and science fiction.

Scientists address the challenges and opportunities for our long‐term future in space, with possibilities envisioned by: Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, Peter Schwartz, John Cramer and Robert Zubrin.

Perspectives

Starships and the Fates of Humankind                          Peter Schwartz
Noah's Ark Eggs and Warm-Blooded Plants                            Freeman Dyson
On the Way to Starflight: Economics of Interstellar Breakout       Robert Zubrin
Thinking Big                                                       Neal Stephenson

Freeman Dyson has spoken about warm blooded plants for a couple of decades

Zubrin has written about creating a spacefaring civilization

Neal Stephenson had a challenge to make a ten kilometer tall structure.

New Space

The Coming Interplanetary Economy                       TBA
Developing Near Space                                   Patti Grace Smith
The Nuclear Rocket: Workhorse of the Solar System       Geoffrey Landis

Getting to the Stars

Starship Concepts                Adam Crowl
Sailships                        James Benford
Exotic Paths to the Stars        John Cramer
Starship Destinations            Ian Crawford
Can We Survive Alien Biospheres? Paul Davies
Becoming Galactic                Jon Lomber

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