Suspension of Disbelief: Spaceships to Take Us Beyond the Solar System

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Suspension of Disbelief: Spaceships to Take Us Beyond the Solar System

Science fiction has a plethora of ideas about what happened in the past and what to expect from the future. Unfortunately, not all of those ideas are exactly plausible in reality. In Suspension of Disbelief, we’ll take a look at the best ideas from sci-fi movies, books, comics and videogames to see where (and if) they intersect with the real world.

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If humanity wants to survive past the lifespan of Earth, we’re going to need to leave our solar system. Now that we’ve seen what we’ve built and what we’re building, we’re taking a look at the spaceships humanity could create in the far, distant future. These are all almost entirely theoretical ships, rockets, sails, and bombs that aren’t a major interest for modern space companies, but could be used to take humanity to the next stage of space exploration: out of our solar system towards other stars. There’s essentially no chance that we’ll see any of these as functioning ships within our lifetimes, but they very well could be the future of human space travel.

Click through the gallery to see the ships that humanity could be riding in over the next few centuries.

Hailing from upstate New York, Cameron Wade is a freelance writer interested in movies, videogames, comic books and more. You can find his work at protogeektheblog.wordpress.com.