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Guest: Steven Wolfe. Topics: Space Settlement, "The Obligation: A Novel." Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See Please remember that your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( We welcomed back Steve Wolfe to discuss his new book, "The Obligation." Visit for more information. During the first segment of our 1 hour 26 minute program, Steve talked with us about his passion for space settlement, how he developed his interest in the field which eventually enabled him to draft the Space Settlement Act which was eventually signed into law by President Reagan. He told us the core idea for his new book came to him in 2002 with certain insights allowing him both the realization and understanding that part of our DNA was hard wired to moving toward getting us off Earth and establishing space settlement as a reality. Don't miss what Steve had to say about this. Steve then talked about the book and took us through a few of the Endowments (there are eight in total). Several listeners sent him email questions and Bob Krone in particular asked about his plans for implementing his vision. Eric emailed in wanting details and information about self-publishing a book, then Steve explained to the listeners certain special offers he was making available to Space Show listeners. Listen carefully for the coupon codes Steve provided as you will need them for ordering the book. The Kindle version can also be ordered through The Space Show/OGLF Amazon arrangement & Amazon will then make a contribution to us. Follow the Amazon links & instructions in our archive summaries, on the blog, The Space Show website, and on the OGLF website. Toward the end of the first segment, we lost Steve's phone connection twice & you will hear these glitches. We apologize in advance for these disruptions. In the second segment, listener Curt emailed in several questions including wanting to know what had influenced Steve in his writing of the book. In addition to Steve mentioning the Overview Effect, he mentioned the works of others and the references in the book for more specific citations. Curt also asked him how he can convince people regarding space settlement. Another listener emailed in wanting to know if Steve's space settlement vision included destination priorities. Steve said that it did not though he did admit to having a personal preference for returning to the Moon. Ken wanted to know about the importance of space settlement in light of our tight economy, then Bob wanted to know what might happen if we do not accept the Law of Space Abundance. We had quite a discussion on this issue and related issues, including my short rant regarding the question with my response to i. As the program was ending, Steve gave us his takeaways for the book & he offered us a "tease" for his next book. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. Steven can be reached through is website or via




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08 Jul 2013 Steven Wolfe
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