Discovering new worlds

We now know so much about our own solar system that, if you wish to write about inter-planetary travel, you need to go much further afield.

Due to the vast distances involved, you have to find ways of preventing your characters from dying of old age before they reach their destination and there is a number of methods you can use:

♦ suspended animation

♦ deep freezing

♦ 'warp' speed drives for your spaceship

♦ 'hyperspace' - a dimension where distance is reduced to zero

♦ a 'generation' starship, i.e. a moving, living colony in space.

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