MEGASTRUCTURES

As we evolve and become more technological, our need for habitable space and energy continuously increases. Enter -- megastructures. Megastructures are artificial habitats of gigantic proportions, built to expand our territory without us having to fly out and colonize alien worlds. They range from modest sub-lunar sizes, to galaxy-encompassing constructions. Bernal Spheres A quite ingenious construction, …

The flexible definition of LIFE

Life, by our current understanding, is the quality which separates organized organic matter from inorganic matter---plants and animals from rocks and dirt. Life includes the capacity of growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continuous change toward death. But we'll probably have to redefine life once artificial life is added to the picture. ...Intelligent robots that can …

The Flipside of FTL Travel

Faster-than-light travel makes the science-fiction world go round. Especially space opera, with its galaxy wide empires, space wars and alien civilizations. FTL travel has many faces, though, depending on the technology of its world (and the writer's creativity), and with those many faces come many perils. It has undoubtedly more advantages than disadvantages in fiction, …

The COLONIZATION of space

There are basically three ways in which humans will colonize space: on Earth-like planets, on terraformed celestial bodies, or in in artificial habitats. Or, you know, in a crazy wanton combination of these. Whatever tickles your pen. We're eons away from such technological feats, but for fictional purposes, we've already colonized our galaxy hundreds of times …