The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution

Frank White, Author, Gerard O'Neill, Foreword by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $18.95 (318p) ISBN 978-0-395-43084-2
With his first book, White, a Boston systems-management consultant and writer for space journals, joins ranks with space-colonization evangelists Carl Sagan, Gerard K. O'Neill and their visionary ilk in presenting his theories on our space future. In his view, a new space movement is beginning, one which will require a philosophically grounded policy to drive it. Focusing less on emerging technology than on what he terms the Overview Effectthe paradigm shift experienced by astronauts who've responded deeply to the sight of Earth from spacehe here interviews 24 astronauts ranging from Yuri Gagarin and Alan Shepard to Sen. ""Jake'' Garn, who was a shuttle traveler before the Challenger tragedy. White sees space explorers as ``explorer fish,'' venturing into space and, while creating new civilizations in three stages that he calls Terra, Solarius and Galaxie, furthering new growth in their own human evolution. A wild dreambut the author programs it provocatively within the bounds of science, letting it grow out of the awe he shows to be at the root of the Overview Effect. (November 11)
Reviewed on: 11/02/1987
Release date: 11/01/1987
Paperback - 326 pages - 978-1-56347-260-2
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