The High Frontier

The High Frontier, Third Edition
by Gerard K. O’Neill (2000) (ISBN: 0-9622379-0-6)

The third edition of The High Frontier was released on October 19, 2000. The edition features an introduction by Roger O’Neill, a preface by Freeman Dyson, and additional chapters by Margo Deckard, Peter Glaser, Rick Tumlinson, David Gump, John Lewis and George Friedman on subjects such as space robotics, SPS, asteroid mining, and the realization of O’Neill’s vision. A new cover design by SSI Senior Associate Peter Thorpe, illustrated with computer artwork by David Lauterbach, gives the reader an exciting glimpse into what life in space will be like.

Bonus CD-ROM
The newest edition of The High Frontier also includes a bonus CD-ROM with over an hour of video presentations by Gerard O’Neill and SSI (MPEG format), plus the major NASA studies on space settlement
(PDF format).

“Is a planetary surface the right place for an expanding technological civilization?”
– G.K. O’Neill to his students in 1969

In the mid 1970’s the late physics Professor Gerard K. O’Neill published his book The High Frontier. In it he laid out a possible road map for human settlement beyond the Earth. To O’Neill the future was positive and exciting, and his astronauts looked like you and me. He believed in the power of individuals carving out pockets of life in a largely dead Solar System, and he basically told us how to do it…
– from the back cover

Comments on previous editions of The High Frontier:

“Dr. O’Neill is a dreamer, yet a perceptive thinker. It is extraordinary to realize that his dream of just a decade ago is now becoming achievable through our collective technology. Humanity’s future is fast extending into the Solar System.”
– Dr. Joseph P. Allen, Astronaut

“Gerard O’Neill’s The High Frontier published nearly a decade and a half ago changed our way of thinking of space, of space habitats, of the Moon and Sun as resources. This new edition is more cogent than ever, for it deals with the way in which both our needs and abilities are driving us nearer the day when humanity will move outward in force.”
– Isaac Asimov

The High Frontier provides a lucid description of the next phase in biological evolution…a thought-provoking work of true historical significance. It should be read by all who would understand the impact of advancing technology on life in the next century.”
– Thomas Paine, Administrator, NASA, 1968-70

“Our technology is capable of extraordinary new ventures in space, one of which Gerard O’Neill has described to you…It is practical.”
– Dr. Carl Sagan

The High Frontier is O’Neill’s eloquent and elegant argument…I’m backing O’Neill. How about you?”
– New Scientist

Gerard K. O'Neill from 'The Vision'
Gerard K. O’Neill was born in Brooklyn in 1927. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1950, and received a doctorate in physics from Cornell University in 1954. That year he joined the faculty of Princeton University, which he remained associated with until his death in 1992. Dr. O’Neill’s early research focused on high-energy particle physics. In 1956 he invented the storage ring technique for colliding particle beams. His studies on the colonization of space began in 1969 as a result of undergraduate teaching at Princeton. In 1977, he founded the Space Studies Institute, an organization that continues today to fund research in space manufacturing and resources.

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