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The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  25 reviews
"It is our destiny to colonize space, " announces the author in the first line of this fascinating book. And then he shows us how to go about that seemingly impossible mission in eight (sort of easy) steps. For example, Aquarius, the proposed second step, describes how building floating colonies in tropical waters - using simple engineering and natural aquaculture to rever ...more
Paperback, 508 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1993)
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Jason Waldron
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time. Just crazy enough to be possible, this guy seriously has a step-by-step for colonizing the galaxy.

It challenges you to think BIG and long term, and provides ways to economically solve world hunger, overpopulation, and create a superhuman race of post-earthlings. What is not to like about it?

Suspend your judgment, give it a read, and open your mind to the possibilities. I think you'll enjoy it if you read it like you were 14 years old again.
John Folk-Williams
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is not for the faint-hearted or anyone with a timid imagination. It is an extended manifesto trumpeting the inevitability of humans spreading life throughout the solar system, then the galaxy and then the entire cosmos.

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Vlad Ardelean
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: societal, futurism
Read this in my childhood, sometime around 12-15 years old. It was an awesome book at that point. It still inspires me. It has a lot of ideas which are meant as solutions to problems that humanity would bump into while colonizing the galaxy. These ideas are probably more fiction than science, but that's how you start. Anyway, I recommend this book if you are into futurism, science, and space colonization. ...more
Matt Robertson
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When this book was written in the early nineties, indicators of a stressed planet like climate change were still more or less on the horizon. Now that our attention has been drawn more completely to these things, this book seems even more relevant. But more than that, it is a refreshing and optimistic take on how to ensure our civilization doesn't snuff itself out. Rather than limit population growth or play an international zero-sum game, let's colonize space. We can do it, he exhorts us:

"Let u
Anthony Mancuso
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Sparked a fire in me when I was in college... very interesting ideas!
Lora Shouse
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. It kept my interest almost all the way through, despite much of the book being technical details of the various environments that are part of their plan for colonizing space.

The book starts with a description of what they propose for their second big step, a floating platform in the ocean which would produce electricity from the temperature differences between warm surface water and deep cold water. It would also grow a lot of algae and seaweed. This colony, being on Earth
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
'The presence of human consciousness affords the universe a feed-back loop through which it can implement choices about the future it desires. Because of us, the fabric of future reality is flexible. The presence of consciousness in the universe changes the rules of the game. Instead of the Newtonian, clock-work universe, where the past pre-ordains the future, Life has created an organic, indeterminate universe with an unpredictable future.
There is an infinite probability field of potential futu
Bill Glover
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
An amazing thought experiment on engineering and human ingenuity.
James Francis McEnanly
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is like reading transcripts of Issac Arthur's webcasts, although it was written nearly 30 years ago. The ideas are sound, although we have yet to develop some of the simplest ...more
Jul 03, 2010 added it
Great idea, but...: First, let me say that I loved this book. It gave a breathtaking vision of humanity's possible future in space, and provided many of the technical details that back up some of the ideas.
However, the key word is "some." Some of the ideas are not supported by science. For example, there is no evidence that OTECs (ocean thermal energy converters) won't damage the undersea ecology, nor is there any evidence that a mass driver of any kind will work on Earth, even the one that is
Tm Mu'ir
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many people on this world who do not perceive any sense of hope or direction for a future of Mankind..some of them just might find it in this visionary and insightful book written in an outlined but prosaic style by a charming and intrepid man Marshall T. Savage (who has since gone into hiatus.) This book is one that has inspired me for over a decade, to see and do things a bit differently than convention proscribes. Though I was already quite unconventional, it helped me find a more u ...more
The book reads like science fiction, but most of the things in the initial chapters are already science fact as of my writing this review. Where once some reviewers (on thought it was pure fantasy, today a few of the initial chapters' technological suggestions can actually be done using modern cutting-edge equipment like 3D printers, rain guns, etc.

An excellent book, but due to its ambitious scope, I would suggest people read it with a dose of salt and the understanding that this pro
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
A lot of good ideas in this book, but some of the suggestions or solutions that he makes are questionable. I haven't had a chance to go through his sources, but don't go into this thinking that everything is going to be completely realistic. The later stages of the book were more interesting to me because he expands more upon the timeline of human expansion as well as the reasonable ways in which humanity could travel throughout the galaxy. At the very least, this book piqued my interest on the ...more
Thom Dunn
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Is this book really about what the title indicates ? My background in SF leads me to seek out works on generation starships, the L-5 society, ram-scoop propulsion and the like. Latest data on background radiation leads me to think interstellar travel may always remain an "F" in SF. Unhappy thought. ...more
My father was working on OTECs in Hawaii during the 1980s, and I understand many small tropical island nations are now working on them. I haven't seen an update of this book, so I don't know how problems like changes in temperatures at ocean depths, or the growing acidity of oceans would be dealt with. ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laughable in retrospect, none the less, this work in what I'll call (for lack of a better phrase) "speculative engineering" is great just in terms of its scope and detail. In Millenial Project, Marshall Savage (in seriousness) attempts to plot out, in detail, a possible course for humanity to colonize the galaxy by the year 3000.
James Hair
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this at some point early during my time in high school and put it up there with only a few other books that rate as 'life-changing.' Most of my desire to leave Earth and belief that we can actually do it came from this book. ...more
Scott Somerville
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I've never met a book that states it's goal in the title quite so boldly or so accurately. I've contacted "The Living Universe Foundation" for permission to base a whole series of scifi novels on this non-fiction work. ...more
Oliver Hannaford-day
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read. On the way back from buying it I got so lost in the book I missed the train stop and had to walk an extra two miles to get home. Can't fault the book or any of the ideas! Buy this book if you are interested in space travel. ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
amazing concept, well thought out. this is NOT a sci-fi book. Savage articulates a vision of the future that is elegant and idealistic, while also being attainable (at least in principle) of the 50 books that really changed my life..
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Science fiction.
Or is it?
Compelling ideas that are tantalisingly plausible.
The society, politics, even human nature, the author paints in his sunlit utopia is nothing like ours, and that's why this is science fiction, but it's still an inspiring journey.
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it
The author argues for a technological and political path toward colonizing the stars. I believe the science is fairly good, however the politics and social understanding is that of a fanatic. This makes for a good source for science fiction ideas.
Nov 17, 2008 added it
Just ignore the collectivist ideas.
Brent Werness
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it
A fascinating read about the future of space travel--although a bit ambitious. It gets three stars since I get the feeling that all the technical matters are not precisely worked out.
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book yearly.
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