In The Final Frontier we discover the massive challenges that face explorers, both human and robotic, to uncover the current and future techlogies that could take us out into the galaxy and take a voyage of discovery where one has gone before...but one day someone will. In 2003, General Wesley Clark set the nation a challenge to produce the techlogy that would enable new pioneers to explore the galaxy. That challenge is tough - the greatest we've ever faced. But taking on the final frontier does t have to be a fantasy. In a time of recession, escapism is always popular - and what greater escape from the everyday can there be than the chance of leaving Earth's bounds and exploring the universe? With a rich popular culture heritage in science fiction movies, books and TV shows, this is a subject that entertains and informs in equal measure.
BRIAN CLEGG holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. He is the author of Extra Sensory, Armageddon Science, Before the Big Bang, The God Effect, and Gravity among others. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.