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WorldShips: A New Battlecry to Reach the Stars

31 Aug 2011, 17:26 UTC
WorldShips: A New Battlecry to Reach the Stars
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Not so long ago, I posted about my observations that exoplanets and spaceships often go together in most space artworks involving interstellar ships. Today, that post clearly needs updating when I saw this blog about concept ships.

It’s also high time to mention my latest fave word: Worldships.

I first heard “Worldships” mentioned by Paul Gilster of Centauri Dreams and I instantly got hooked on it. Could it be only because it contained my first favorite word: “World”? Or could it be that it is a mashup of “Worlds” and “Spaceships”? Perhaps. But just how any neologism gets its appeal is the deeper concept behind it.

The primary focus of this blog is about Exoplanets. But there has always been that inevitable question of how to get there--to visit these unexplored Worlds. And that’s where Spaceships come in--these wonderful vehicles of imagination that has inspired many brilliant minds to take up exciting endeavors in the arts, engineering and the sciences to make the impossible possible.

But somehow it is time to move onwards from that ‘adolescent’ concept of the ‘Spaceship’. It is time for Worldships, a new battlecry to reach the stars.

The main concept that sticks in my ...

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