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Mobile Suit Gundam: High Frontier

Life In The Universal Century

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In addition to being the penultimate year of the 20th Century and the 2nd Millennium, 1999 marked an historic dual anniversary. April 7th of that year marked the 20th anniversary of the popular Japanese anime series, 「機動 戦士 ガンダム」 (Mobile Suit Gundam).

It was also the 25th anniversary of the publication of “The Colonization of Space” in the September 1974 issue of Physics Today, outlining the concept that evolved into The High Frontier: Human Colonies In Space (1977, Morrow Press/Bantam, ISBN 0-553-11016-0; reprinted 1989, SSI Press, ISBN 0-9622379-0-6; updated 2000, Apogee Books, ISBN 1-896522-67-X) by Princeton University professor Gerard K. O’Neill (1927–1992), one of the principal sources on which the Gundam saga is based.

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This site was created in 1999 to acknowledge, annotate, celebrate, commemorate, elucidate and explicate both Gundam and the High Frontier and ways in which the two are interconnected. In 2014, the Gundam saga continued as strong as ever, marking its 35th anniversary with another series set twenty years after the One Year War with which it all began, while O’Neill’s “High Frontier” concept sadly remains unrealized but still just as compelling a dream as it was forty years ago.

Although much has already been written about (Nippon) Sunrise’s Gundam Saga, the focus has generally been on either the characters (chara) or the mechanics (mecha). My purpose here is to detail the Real Science behind the science fiction, giving a general overview of the physical aspects of Gundam world and the scientific speculations and fact upon which it is based. These are the scientific underpinnings of the background against which the Saga is played, the details too often obscured by the foreground action.

Welcome, then, to the world of Gundam, as you may have never seen it before. Welcome to the High Frontier!


Contents

Link Universal Century, Total Confusion

Link Home, Home in Lagrange

Link The Geometry of Shadows

Link Developing Sound Habitats

Link “It’s Life, GM, But Not As We Know It!”

Link Finding a Sense of Direction

Link The Gravity of the Situation

Link “The Weather Will Be Dry … Unless It Rains”

Link How the Other Half Lives

Link Sphere of Influence

Link Wheel in the Sky

Link Side by Side

Link Which Side Are You On?

Link Arriving at a Reasonable Settlement

Link Upon This Rock

Link Inconstant Moon

Link By Jupiter!

Link Red Planet Blues

Link Credits


Link Universal Century Master Timeline


Link Return to Top of Page

Link Back to Dyar Straights

Last Update: 01 January 2017

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