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Fiction Writers Panel - Envisioning the Starship Era

Published on Jun 16, 2013 Fiction Writers Panel: Envisioning The Starship Era moderated by IEET Contributor, Gregory Benford.
Joe Haldeman
IEET Fellow David Brin
Larry Niven
Vernor Vinge
Jon Lomberg

Starship Century is a symposium coordinated by the new Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination in collaboration with Gregory and James Benford, presenting ideas from their anthology of science and science fiction.

Far future space exploration might take a method shown in the series Beast Wars. Crews use a ship for transit and social interaction/resource sharing, while exploration consists of discerning the local dominant life form and emulating it. After all, a primate walking around on the planet of the bug people isn't very inconspicuous, but a cybernetic primatoid with a bug person alt-mode can blend into the crowd. Part of the preliminary research would probably include getting visual samples to create an "average-looking" form to use.
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