Ok, the title is a little forceful, but what I want to say is that there's room here for more books or even a host of short stories. I would love to hear more about other colonies. I was thinking the other day about a book that starts something like this:
Location: Sol Solar System, Gamma Planet
Year: ~30,000 BC
A tiger lifts his head from his meal to watch as a glowing ball streaks across the sky and lands peacefully in an open field. A large door opens and a single tractor rumbles out to begin clearing land...