Space Settlements - Spreading life throughout the solar system


The books, articles, and other media mentioned are, in my opinion, some of the best references on space settlement and related disciplines. Most of them I have read, but a few have been recommended to me by others. I hope you find them helpful. If you have trouble finding any of them, try interlibrary loan or

Last update: July 2006.

Space Settlement Books

  • Space Settlements: A Design Study, NASA SP-413, 1977. Summary of the 1975 summer study of space settlements.
  • Space-Based Manufacturing from Nonterrestrial Materials, Gerard K. O'Neill, Brian O'Leary, editors. Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Volume 57. American Astronautical Society, 1977. Technical papers derived from the 1976 NASA summer study on space settlements.
  • Space Resources and Space Settlements, NASA SP-428, 1979. Detailed study of several space settlement design aspects, including life support systems and construction materials, from the 1977 summer study of space settlements.
  • Humans in Space: 21st Century Frontiers, Harry L. Shipman, Plenum Press, 1989. A conservative, NASA insider view of space settlement with lots of good information. Shipman estimates that there is a 42% chance that space settlement is in our future.
  • The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps, Marshal T. Savage; Little, Brown and Company, 1992. An awe inspiring vision of Life colonizing the galaxy in relatively small steps. There are decent back-of-the-envelope style 'proofs' of the feasibility of each step. But there's lots of work to fill in the holes. A non-profit group, the First Millennial Foundation, is trying to execute the ideas in this book.
  • Colonies in Space, Heppenheimer, T.A.; Stackpole Books. A thorough description of space settlement design factors and construction.
  • Space Colonies: A CoEvolution Book Ed. Stewart Brand; Whole Earth Catalog. This is the book that got me hooked on space settlement. A terrific debate on the pros and cons with some of the most far-out thinking in the field.
  • Handbook for Space Colonists, Stine, G. Harry; Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985. Discussion of space settlement design to accommodate human requirements.
  • Pioneering the Space Frontier, Report of the National Commission on Space, Bantom Books, 1986. Projections of human activities in space well into the 21st century.
  • The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space, O'Neill, Gerard K.; Space Studies Institute Press, 1989 (reprint of the 1976 edition). Descriptions of space settlement designs, with some discussion of construction techniques and economics. Dr. O'Neill started modern space settlement design. He is, however, much better at physics than popular writing.
  • The Space Enterprise Stine, G. Harry; Ace Books, 1980. Predicts how factories and industry will evolve in space, including supporting infrastructure and technologies.
  • The Third Industrial Revolution, Stine, G. Harry; G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1975. Wide-ranging discussion of how industry will develop and operate in space.

Conference Proceedings

The Space Studies Institute, Princeton University, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) have sponsored a biennial conference on space settlement at Princeton University for many years. The first 10 volumes of Space Manufacturing are published by the AIAA. Subsequent volumes were published by the Space Studies Institute.
  • Space Manufacturing 13: Settling Circumsolar Space. The 15th conference (2001). B. Greber, editor.
  • Space Manufacturing 12: Challenges and Opportunities in Space. The 14th conference (1999). B. Greber, editor.
  • Space Manufacturing 11: The Challenge of Space: Past & Future. The 13th conference (1997). B. Faughanan, editor.
  • Space Manufacturing 10: Pathways to the High Frontier. The 12th conference (1995). B. Faughanan, editor.
  • Space Manufacturing 9: The High Frontier, Accession, Development and Utilization. The 11th conference (1993). B. Faughanan, editor.
  • Space Manufacturing 8: Energy and Materials from Space. The 10th conference (1991). B. Faughanan, G. Maryniak editors.
  • Space Manufacturing 7: Space Resources to Improve Life on Earth. The 9th conference (1989). B. Faughanan, G. Maryniak editors.
  • Space Manufacturing 6: Nonterrestrial Resources, Biosciences, and Space Engineering The 8th conference (1987). B. Faughanan, G. Maryniak editors.
  • Space Manufacturing 5: Engineering with Lunar and Asteroidal Materials The 7th conference (1985). B. Faughanan, G. Maryniak editors.
  • Space Manufacturing 1983. The 6th conference (1983). J. D. Burke, A. S. Whitt, editors. Volume 53 of Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, published by the American Astronautical Society.
  • Space Manufacturing 4. The 5th conference (1981). J. Grey, L. A. Hamdan, editors.
  • Space Manufacturing Facilities 3. The 4th conference (1979). J. Grey, L. A. Hamdan, editors.
  • Space Manufacturing Facilities 2. The 3rd conference (1977). J. Grey, editor.
  • Space Manufacturing Facilities (Space Colonies). The 1st and 2nd conference (1974 and 1975). J. Grey, editor.

Books on Background Subjects

  • Introduction to Space: The Science of Spaceflight , Damon, Thomas; Orbit Book Company, Inc., 1989. Broad-based introductory material applicable to human activities in space; includes methods for calculating orbital parameters.
  • Orbital Motion, Roy, A. E., Adam Hilger, Bristol and Philadelphia, 1988. Very good textbook on orbital dynamics. Assumes the readers knows calculus and elementary vector methods.
  • Designing Places for People , Deasy, C. M.; Whitney Library of Design, 1985. Presentation of human behavioral issues for designers and architects of buildings and spaces.
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