(Which is a thought born of an aging civilization, by the way). But can you conjure up before you, in your mind, a wall with a hundred thousand bricks in it: and see all the bricks simultaneously? No wonder Imperial Terra let the facts about Freehold lie unheeded in the data banks.Freehold was nothing but an obscure frontier dominion, a unit in the statistics.The equations were derived by me using an analysis of the Habcat database, and thus could be wildly inaccurate.If you can find better figures, use them, but these are better than no figures at all.If residents are born on the habitat, the tie to Earth is likely to be somewhat weakened, and they may feel the want of a homeworld, if only on a subconscious level.Perhaps they will evolve a distinctive sense of identity apart from planetary endemism, or they may go in search a of world to call home.In his Flandry of Terra novels, Poul Anderson specified that the Terran Empire was four hundred light years in diameter. A sphere 400 light years in diameter has a 200 light year radius. Anderson cites a figure of about four million stars, which means one of us is a bit off the mark Why, I shall tell you what we are and these are, John Ridenour.
It is most unlikely that anyone at His Majesty's court is more than vaguely aware of what is happening. Please advise."And the entire answer that can be given to this appeal thus far is me. Not even a Naval officer—not even a specialist in human cultures—such cannot be gotten, except for tasks elsewhere that look more vital.
This means if the Note: the above equations are based upon the work of Jill Tarter and Margaret Turnbull.
They were not trying to figure out which stars could host a human habitable planet.
As spacefaring civilization continues to develop, artificial habitats are likely to be constructed at a distance from Earth beyond which the overview effect tapers off, and eventually where Earth is just another star in the sky, as on Mars.
Here, the selection pressure either to evolve a distinctive conception of humanity in space, or to find a homeworld, would be magnified.