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Lately I've been fascinated with space arks -- big ships intended to take colonists to another world. Preliminary research indicates you'd need 10,000 to 40,000 people to establish your new home. The numbers avoid genetic drift and provide a cushion against deaths caused by disease, accident, or violence. All these hardy pioneers need not travel on a single giant vessel; the mission might be safer if you have five ships each carrying 2,000 people than one carrying all 10,000. There are two basic approaches to slower-than-light transport. Sleeper ships (the "Ark in Space" from Doctor Who, t