This book goes from here and now to the far future and the stars. But it is a very short book of about 27,000 words, about 100 pages in print.
Chapter titles: 1 Introduction; 2 Political preamble; 3 Lockdown; 4 Spaceflight now; 5 Spaceship Earth; 6 Cultural reflections; 7 Interplanetary; 8 Interstellar; 9 Cosmic engineers.
Thesis: We must strenuously push toward our cosmic destiny among the stars. Beginning to expand beyond the Earth before it’s too late is our most important task at this moment in history. Many actors have important roles to play, and there’s room for everyone. Spaceflight will also help find viable solutions for current developmental, environmental, and social problems.
But the road to the stars is full of impediments and roadblocks. We will not advance as fast as we wish. Therefore we must keep our mood strenuous and our drive strong. We need an optimistic spaceflight culture oriented to the future, with energizing visions of interplanetary, interstellar, and cosmic futures. We also need a futurist space philosophy.
For those who are unable to buy the book at this moment, there’s a free web version.
Of course there are some typos and some things that I should have said better. I am collecting needed changes in a document titled “Futurist spaceflight meditations: Errata.”
Cover picture: Anonimo caminante, by Franc Xavier Sánchez Jalao (Instagram: francxaviersan). “Anonimo caminante, tu que recorres la senda de un destino incierto roto por la grieta del tiempo, difumina tus pensamientos a la espera del casual reencuentro.” Used with permission.