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We all know that Earth's population is growing at an alarming rate, and vital resources are becoming scarce. There simply isn't enough space to grow the food the bulging human populations will need in the future. An energy crisis is also upon us. What happens when the oil runs out or becomes too costly to support us in the lifestyles to which we've become accustomed? What do we do?

Author Biography

Associate professor of astronomy, and Head of the Astronomy Department at Campion College, The University of Regina. My main research interests during the past decade have focused on the smaller objects within the solar system (comets, asteroids and meteoroids), but concomitant to this I have continued to perform research related to the structure and evolution of stars (the area of my doctoral studies). The book being proposed here is partly based upon a series of research papers that I have published over the years and on material used in a solar system studies class. The topic of asteroengineering was recently the focus of an Gă opinion article' I wrote for the May 2006 issue of Astronomy Now magazine, and an editorial piece in the May 2006 issue of Smithsonian Air and Space magazine.Home web page: http://hyperion.cc.uregina.ca/~astro/mbeech.html

Table of Contents

Prolog: The Big Guns of Kugluktukp. 1
Summer, the Year 2100p. 1
Notes and Referencesp. 4
Introductionp. 7
What's in a Word?p. 9
Moving Forwardp. 11
The Anthropocenep. 12
Future Worlds, Future Homesp. 13
Economicsp. 17
Notes and Referencesp. 18
Life in the Solar System, and Beyondp. 19
Mars: The Once and Future Abode of Life?p. 21
Life Expressp. 26
The Miller-Urey Experimentp. 28
Panspermia: The Bigger Picturep. 31
Life and Death Cloudsp. 35
Vignette A: What Is Life?p. 37
The Rights of Microbesp. 40
Notes and Referencesp. 41
The Limits of the Worldp. 45
Home on the Range: A Brief History of the Solar Systemp. 46
The Blue Marblep. 53
Breathing Roomp. 56
A Magnetic Shieldp. 59
Humanity's Footprintp. 61
We, the Tikopiap. 67
The Aging Sunp. 68
Back to the Presentp. 74
Vignette B: The Viking Landersp. 75
Notes and Referencesp. 79
In the Right Place at the Right Timep. 81
Planetary Temperaturesp. 82
Atmospheric Temperature and Pressurep. 88
Phase Diagram of Waterp. 93
The Habitable Zonep. 96
Atmospheric Retentionp. 97
The Greenhouse Effectp. 101
The Tail Wagging the Dogp. 103
Feedback Cycles and Stabilityp. 105
The End of the Biospherep. 110
The Formation of Terrestrial Planetsp. 112
Super-Earthsp. 118
Vignette C: Kepler's Somniump. 119
Notes and Referencesp. 122
The Terraforming of Marsp. 125
The Measure of Marsp. 128
Whither the Water?p. 136
The Opening Salvop. 138
Altered States: The Means of Terraforming Marsp. 142
Increased CO2 Abundancep. 146
The CO2 Runawayp. 147
Super-Greenhouse Gasesp. 151
Albedo Change and Increased Insolationp. 154
The Phases of New Marsp. 157
The Times of Their Livesp. 162
Worldhousep. 165
Near-Term Developmentsp. 165
Vignette D: Daisy Worldp. 167
Notes and Referencesp. 171
The Terraforming of Venusp. 175
The Moist Greenhouse Effectp. 182
Cloud Lifep. 183
Perelandra Remadep. 185
Atmospheric Blow-off, Cooling, and Miningp. 186
Roman Blinds, Spin Up, and Spin Apartp. 191
Back to Basicsp. 194
Getting CO2 Stonedp. 196
A Cold New Dawnp. 197
Surface Turnoverp. 199
Flying Highp. 201
A Distant Dawnp. 203
Vignette E: Back to the Moonp. 203
Notes and Referencesp. 206
An Abundance of Habitatsp. 211
The Moon's a Balloonp. 212
Hot-Footed Hermesp. 216
A Fragmented Neighborhoodp. 220
Life on a Dwarf Planet: Ceres Worldp. 222
Living in the Cloudsp. 225
Supramundane Planets and Shell Worldsp. 226
O'Neill Colonies and Orbiting Citiesp. 229
The Coming of a Second Sunp. 230
Earth Shift and a Synthestic Sunp. 235
Dyson Spheres and Jupiterp. 236
The Galilean Moons: Food for Thoughtp. 238
The Deeper, Darker, Colder Solar Systemp. 242
The Pull of More Distant Horizonsp. 245
Other Worlds Aboundp. 246
Future Prospectsp. 248
Habitable Exoplanets and Biomarkersp. 251
Vignette F: The Mysterious Titius-Bode Lawp. 254
Notes and Referencesp. 257
Epiloguep. 261
Internet Resourcesp. 265
Glossary of Technical Termsp. 269
Appendicesp. 273
Blackbody Radiatorsp. 273
Accounting for Greenhouse Gasesp. 275
A Terraforming Simulator Model for Marsp. 277
Population Growth and Lily Worldp. 281
Indexp. 289
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