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" Above all, I would not expect a wise race, at great expense, to set loose an army of self-replicating robots. "
" In the past, on Earth, it has largely been to exploit foreign resources and to expand the domestic territory. "
In The Past
" It would be a pity if, frustrated by the price of travel, we elected to become a society that never made contact, that never gave SETI a fair chance. "
" The factor most ignored in discussing interstellar flight is the kinetic energy that must be invested in the ship to make its tons of matter move at a substantial fraction of the speed of light. "
" No one can deny the excitement of visiting another world. "
" Antimatter is not a source of energy for us, it's a method of storing energy, compact but inefficient. "
" The sun and its retinue of planets drift as a group through the vast gulfs of space that separate the stars. "
" Present annual world energy consumption is about equal to the annihilation energy of 4 tons of matter. "
" If interstellar travel is as time- or energy- demanding as the above figures indicate, it is far from obvious what the motive for colonization might be. "