ISLANDS IN SPACE
ISLANDS IN SPACE
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When Islands in Space was released on vinyl in 1981 it was a very limited edition of 1000 pressings. The project was generously sponsored at the time primarily by fans of the group and whereas not many albums made it into the hands of the public, a number of copies of Islands In Space were distributed to radio stations and University campuses throughout North America and as far away as Spain, Australia and Japan (the TEAC Corporation purchased 50 copies at the time because the album was recorded on their then revolutionary, first 4-track cassette recording machine, the TEAC 144.
With the advent of companies like Virgin Galactic promoting space tourism and more, this timely album and its music is now available as a digital download, notwithstanding a few remaining vinyl copies (see details below).
Lightdreams owes much of their initial exposure to the tireless efforts of one Annie Goodwyne who at the time managed the fledgling band's publicity campaign, and who spent a number of years promoting Islands In Space and succeeding works. After the Challenger disaster however, enthusiasm for the colonization of space, dropped off dramatically, even though Hollywood would pick up the baton and release Star Trek the Next Generation soon thereafter.
Currently I remain optimystic that the multi-national space station being built in this 21st Century will revitalize the space program and inspire humanity to continue its fearless forging ahead to this high frontier. Perhaps with wider global input, it will truly reflect the multi-cultural mosaic of people that inhabit this Earth, itself an island in space.
|For Search Engines! Islands in Space is a rare album released in 1981 by Paul Marcano's band LightDreams featuring music exploring the potential for space colonization or rather space habitats, that is, space travel and the High Frontier as popularized by Gerrard O'Neil. Space travel and the eventual colonization of other worlds or habitat building in outer space will create an evolution in humankind's inner awareness of our spacial and galactic place in the Universe as a home where we will eventual discover near- infinite resources from mining astroids to establishing cities on other planets, their moons and beyond. Once we find ways to travel faster and perfect landing on and taking off from other worlds the magnitude of new discovery and potential for scientic exploration will open up incredible new arenas for exploring the potential for further SPACE and Shuttle endeavours from the International Space Station where cultures world-wide are currently reaching for the high frontier, often referred to as the final frontier and then on to the moon, Mars and perhaps even the stars where meteors and comets may yet become the taxis to the cosmos. It is all very cosmic from earth orbit and Virgin Galactic to satellite telescopes to cities and islands in space.|