Futurist anthropologists Cameron Smith and Evan Davies take us on a voyage through our entire existence. Armed with a full arsenal of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, technology, history and philosophy - they go all out demonstrating beyond doubt that "Emigrating Beyond Earth" is not a choice but a necessity.
In earth exploration the trend is moving away from the elite in favor of the every man. This is true also for space. Smith and Davies put this development in intriguing context. We get to see the future in a new light, derived from the study of evolutionary adaption. The book lays out the case for human space emigration in convincing detail informed by billions of years of evolution. What is life exactly? How did it get here? What has worked out and what has failed? How can we survive?
Writers making science accessible and interesting for the layman are rare finds. Emigrating Beyond Earth manages the task without thinning the subject. Cameron Smith was covered at Explorersweb for innovative design in polar travel and recently by Wired magazine for building his own space suit. Scientist by education, engineer by practice and explorer at heart he belongs to a new generation ready to take destiny into their own hands.
Right up there with Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity Is Near" and alongside useful accounts in the genre such as latest "Makers" by Chris Anderson - the visionary "Emigrating Beyond Earth" is one of the greatest books I've read.