Birdwatching: Space colonies!

Space colonization (also called space settlement, space humanization, or space habitation) is the concept of permanent human habitation outside of Earth. (Wikipedia)

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to live out in space. Or on another planet! Would things be completely different from how they are here on Earth? Or would we somehow be able to replicate Earth life exactly, containing it in a ship or colony?

Here’s a list of ten books that explore the idea of life in space. Would you want to live in a space colony? Or would you prefer to stick to your home planet?

  1. Earthseed by Pamela Sargent (1983).
  2. Dust by Elizabeth Bear (2007). [BD]
  3. Foundation by Isaac Asimov (1951). [BD]
  4. Dune by Frank Herbert (1965). [BD]
  5. Ringworld by Larry Niven (1970). [BD]
  6. Starfarers by Vonda N. McIntyre (1989).
  7. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1985).
  8. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974). [BD]
  9. Earthlight by Stuart Moore and Christopher Schons (2006).
  10. The Ghost Sister by Liz Williams (2001).

Myself, I think I’d like to visit the colonies, but I’d always want to live on Earth. Unless it, like, exploded or something!

Thanks to Once Upon a Bookshelf for the list-y inspiration!

6 thoughts on “Birdwatching: Space colonies!”

    1. You can have that in space! You could make your own space colony, and call it “Heidenkind: A World of Awesome” or something!

  1. I’ve always loved the idea of exploring new worlds, setting foot somewhere and seeing things that no one else has before.

    One of these days I’d like to write something about the colonisation of a new world – like Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars series, but not as dry.

    1. I think it would be fun, for a while. But I wonder if I would miss Earth? I mean, if I had originally started out living on Earth and then moved to a space colony. I assume if I was born on a colony, I wouldn’t miss something I never had. Maybe.

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