As for social problems, check out Robert Heinlein's classic SF
novel, Orphans of the Sky. A multigenerational starship society
has no idea it is on a giant ship and believes their world is the
entire universe. I know there are related stories on this subject,
but titles and authors do not come to mind a the moment.
From: Asaf S.-T.
Sent: Saturday, October 10, 1998 6:14 PM
To: ASTRO List
Subject: [ASTRO] The Habitat
I just went to a Science-Fiction Conference here in Israel and I went to
a Panel discusson about the Habitat program.
To whoever doesn't know, that Habitat is an idea of sending a big ship to
space, out of the solar system, with a whole community in it (am I wrong,
anybody?). The Spaceship will have a destiny (probably Alpha Centuari, or
another "close" star), and it will go in space for decades & decades. The
Habitat idea could be used in cases of disasters, something like Noahs
There are a LOT of problems which come up when thinking about the
Habitat, which include techonolgy, Socialogical problems, population
density, law inforcement etc.
I don't think this Idea can be reality. What do you think?
Asaf Shtull-Trauring, Amateur Astronomer