O T H E R W O R L D L I N E S S
EXAMINES OUR DETERMINED EFFORTS to achieve an off-Earth existence, not only by conventional means like rocket propulsion, ventures into space and, ultimately, touchdowns on other worlds, but also through transcendent practices such as meditation, a spiritual belief in an afterlife (presumably off Earth), or through use of a rapidly increasing array of technologies (telescopes, satellites, computer simulations, VR/AR devices) that enable humans to experience themselves in space or on other worlds without physically being there.  

THE STORY ULTIMATELY POINTS TOWARD A FUTURE in which humans make extensive use of emerging tools and practices like genetic engineering and human/machine interfaces that may enable us to adapt more easily to long-duration space travel and to life on other worlds.  

UNDERNEATH THE ENTIRE NARRATIVE is an ongoing study of what it means to be human as we explore and occupy an ever-expanding universe.  

F L O A T
  • Why gravity is the law we yearn to break.
  • What happens to you – and your body – when you leave your home planet.
  • How adapting to another world may preclude a return to Earth.

T R A N S C E N D
  • How mental constructs and transcendental beliefs and practices enable us to expand the boundaries of our own world and to travel from it to worlds beyond.
  • Does death open a doorway to worlds beyond?

  • Is mental or spiritual space exploration a viable substitute for physical space exploration?
E N G I N E E R
  • How convincing does a virtual tool need to be in order to provide a suitably authentic experience for exploring the universe?
  • Do virtual tools open space exploration to a larger and more diverse community?
  • As our virtual spacefaring tools become more sophisticated, is physical space travel becoming obsolete?

A M A L G A M A T E
  • What are the ethical and philosophical implications of melding more than one world?
  • Should fragments that travel through space from one world to another be seen as contaminants, seeds, or scouts?
  • If life-bearing objects from Earth have indeed found their way to new homes in space, which then is the “other” world? 

E V O L V E
  • How we are designed for Earth and nowhere else

  • The near-impossible quest to get our atoms to another world. 

  • How intergalactic engineering may enable us to leave our atoms behind.


D I S T I N C T I V E   F E A T U R E S
  • “Otherworldliness” is a multi-disciplinary approach to space exploration that provides a “big history” approach to understanding our place in the universe – not only our home planet, but also all the other places we’d like to be, with an emphasis on the accelerated actions humans are taking to achieve otherworldliness.
  •  The blended narrative connects popular science with more specialized information, and encompasses a wide array of subject matter, including astronomy, cosmology, physics, the history and culture of space exploration, religion, spirituality, metaphysics, emerging technologies and biological engineering.
  • “Otherworldliness” creates a diverse fabric of yearnings, thoughts and actions, based on aspirational stories told by ordinary people as well as factual accounts by experts across many disciplines who describe the ways they’re pursuing an off-Earth existence physically, mentally, spiritually and via use of established and emerging technologies. 
J A N   M I L L S A P P S 
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D., is a veteran filmmaker, a pioneering figure in the new media movement, an early web innovator, and a versatile and accomplished writer. She has produced films, videos, and digital media, has written two novels, has won top awards at film festivals and has presented her work internationally.

We have said a great deal about the advantages of migration into space, but not all can be said or even imagined. 
-  Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1929) 
scientist, inventor, and pioneer
   in rocket and space research
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