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The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

Michio Kaku, Doubleday, New York, NY, $29.95, 368 pages, Feb. 2018, ISBN: 978-0-385-54276-0


Moving human civilization beyond Earth’s bounds is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility — and, even, a necessity. We must face the reality that humans may need to leave planet Earth in the future or near furture to survive.

In this book, world-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores the process by which humanity might gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. He reveals how cutting-edge developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology may allow us to terraform and build habitable cities on Mars. He looks beyond our solar system to nearby stars, which may soon be reached by nanoships traveling on laser beams at near the speed of light. Finally, he travels beyond the Milky Way, and even beyond this universe, imagining the possibility of immortality and explaining how humans may someday be able to leave our bodies and laser port to...

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