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Aliens here, aliens there
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- Subject: Aliens here, aliens there
- From: T.L.G.vanderLinden@student.utwente.nl (Timothy van der Linden)
- Date: Tue, 05 Mar 1996 20:54:36 +0100
>Interestingly, many people say that interstellar travel is
>so amazingly difficult (and we are seeing part of it) that
>it won't be accomplished for millenia, if at all. One of
>the responses to the Fermi Paradox. But lately I think we'd
>agree that interstellar travel is, in fact, possible, but
>at horrendous cost. If we had a pre-existing deceleration
>system (i.e. cooperative aliens in the target system),
>however, interstellar travel may actually not be too difficult.
>It makes me think of an area of the galaxy where civilizations
>may arise frequently, and there is some sort of trade route
>set up with masers. You could travel easily between stars if
>there were lots of aliens around... But, if (like us) you
>seem to be alone, you might be stuck at home. Interesting
>paradox - if there are places to colonize, you can't go there.
>If everywhere is filled up already, you can go there.
There will be a day that we can deform space-time at will, then
deceleration won't be a bigger problem than accelerarion.
Timothy van der Linden