The Great Colonization Debate

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Smith, Kelly C.
Abney, Keith
Anderson, Gregory
Billings, Linda
DeVito, Carl L.
Green, Brian Patrick
Johnson, Alan R.
Marino, Lori
Munevar, Gonzalo
Oman-Reagan, Michael P.

Smith, Kelly C.; Abney, Keith; Anderson, Gregory; Billings, Linda; DeVito, Carl L.; Green, Brian Patrick; Johnson, Alan R.; Marino, Lori; Munevar, Gonzalo; Oman-Reagan, Michael P.; Potthast, Adam; Schwartz, James S. J.; Tachibana, Koji; Traphagan, John W.; Wells-Jensen, Sheri. 2019. The Great Colonization Debate. Futures, In press, corrected proof, Available online 22 February 2019


This special issue grew out of a series of discussions on the ethics of human colonization in the context of the 2018 SoCIA (Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology) meeting in Reno, NV. These exchanges, both by email prior to the meeting and during the panel discussion there, were so lively and engaging that we wanted to find a way to capture their spirit in print. The Great Colonization Debate is thus an unusual format for an academic piece, reading more like an informal debate where all the contributors have an opportunity to engage one another, interactively exploring the ideas they present in their separate pieces. We hope that it will serve as an interesting and informative introduction to what follows.

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