AuthorAllen T Harrington
On 9 January 1992, radio astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail announced the discovery of two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12. This discovery was confirmed and is considered to be the first definitive detection of exoplanets. Humans have since identified some 4,500 exoplanets, another 6,000 targets and theorize 11 billion exist in the Milky Way galaxy alone. This book was inspired by factual astrophysical data, where travel to and from these strange new worlds is just a matter of (space and) time. The explosion of astrophysics begs for the injection of some fiction into the universe of science facts all the while celebrating the plethora of data which is being gathered at an accelerating rate, along with the technology to derive better understanding of this data and what humankind intends to do with this collected knowledge about space – the last and greatest frontier.