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The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps

The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps
The Millennial Project - bookcover.jpg
Author Marshall T. Savage
Illustrator Keith Spangle
Country United States
Language English
Subject Space Colonization Advocacy
Genre Futurology
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publication date
1992 and 1994
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 508 pp
OCLC 30319063
629.4 20
LC Class TL795.7 .S28 1994

The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps by Marshall T. Savage is a book (published in 1992 and reprinted in 1994 with an introduction by Arthur C. Clarke) in the field of Exploratory engineering that gives a series of concrete stages the author believes will lead to interstellar colonization. Many specific scientific and engineering details are presented, as are numerous issues involved in Space colonization.

Savage takes a Malthusian view of the exponential growth of human population and life in general, and also recommends the exponential growth of blue-green algae for sustenance. He states that it is humanity's manifest destiny to colonize every star in the galaxy. He draws heavily on the Fermi paradox (briefly stated as, "If there is intelligent life in space, why haven't we found it yet?") to support his position that it is humanity's burden alone to ignite the universe with the "spark of Life." In The Millennial Project, he calls for the creation of an international foundation to realize these goals. Originally known as the First Millennial Foundation (founded by Savage in 1987), the organization changed its name to the Living Universe Foundation.

The "Eight Easy Steps" proposed by Savage are as follows:

In the early stages of the Project, Savage recommends Spirulina algae as a primary foodstuff, supplemented by seafood mariculture from the cities of the Aquarius phase.

The Living Universe Foundation, previously known as the First Millennial Foundation, is an organization that supports ocean and space colonization more or less based upon the book The Millennial Project. Space Environments Ecovillage in Bastrop, Texas, is one of the few LUF projects that have materialized so far.



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