Space Books List

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11 Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy 1979 Fiction
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Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

This lighthearted novel is the story of Arthur Dent. He travels through space as the last human left alive. It's filled with veering jokes and a few helpful life tips. Don't forget to pack a towel on your next trip to LEO or beyond.

no votes Brian Aldiss Starship 1958 Fiction
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It's about a generation ship where over a period of many generations the "crew" have slowly turned to primatives unaware of the true nature of where they are living. As the story develops a young man slowly begins to discover that they are living inside a giant spaceship.

no votes Buzz Aldrin Encounter with Tiber 1996 Fiction
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Long ago the Tiberians visited Earth, but they are now extinct. They did however leave information about their civilization on the Moon and Mars. The story tells how curiosity about the Tiberians leads humanity to mount a mission to Mars and beyond in an effort to learn more about them.
no votes Buzz Aldrin Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration 2013 Non-fiction
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This book about Mars exploration comes to us courtesy of two space giants, Buzz Aldrin who was on humanity's first crewed mission that landed on the Moon and Leonard David who has been covering all space activities since the dawn of time. His long term approach for Mars is based around a cycling spaceship that constantly travels between Earth & Mars.
no votes Kevin Anderson Assemblers of Infinity 1993 Fiction
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In the near future our space efforts are booming featuring a large lunar base. A huge structure is discovered on the far side of the Moon…apparently built by advanced alien nanotechnology. People that approach the structure die. Is this the opening move of an invasion?

5 Poul Anderson Trader To The Stars 1964 Fiction
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Average: 4 (2 votes)

This novel features lots of economic activity facilitated by space travel. There are some similarities here to Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy. A central character is Nicholas van Rijn of the Solar Spice & Liquors Company. Introduces the Polesotechnic League, with merchants from every inhabited planet.

20 Poul Anderson Orion Shall Rise 1983 Fiction
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Average: 3 (1 vote)

In a post nuclear warfare environment, the remaining high tech is located on a big space station called Skyholm. Rebels seize control of Skyholm but a young man escapes from Skyholm and returns to Earth. To return to Skyholm and take the station back he needs to be able to launch a huge spacecraft. How about nuclear weapons for thrust?

22 Kevin Anderson Lifeline 1980 Fiction
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Average: 2 (1 vote)

Huge war breaks out on Earth completely disrupting society. While all is chaos on Earth, there are 3 space colonies in orbit (American, Societ, and Phillippine). Will the colonies cooperate to rebuild Earth ciovilization or will they fight it out for dominance of humanity.

no votes Pohl Anderson Starfarers 1998 Fiction
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Astronomers detect signals from an alien civilization. Despite the fact that the signals originate from a location over a thousand light years away, an expedition is mounted to send a crew to meet the aliens. While time passes slowly for the crew, Earth changes during their voyage.
no votes Isaac Asimov Robots and Empire 1985 Fiction
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The 4th novel of the series that began with the Caves of Steel, humanity has resumed space exploration and is now operating far beyond the spacer world described earlier in the series. There are over 50 colonized worlds including Solaria, now only inhabited by a robot population. A person threatens Earth with a weapon of mass destruction.
5 Isaac Asimov Caves of Steel, The 1953 Fiction
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Average: 4 (2 votes)

Set in the distant future, space travel and advanced robots are commonplace. With humanity living on many planets the human race has become factionalized with wildly differing lifestyles on various planets. The core characters are Elijah Baley a detective from Earth and R. Daneel Olivaw a robot that looked completely human.

1 Isaac Asimov I, Robot 1950 Fiction
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Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

Most famous for the introduction of the three laws of Robotics: 1. A robot may not injure a human being 2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except if orders conflict with the 1st Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the 1st or 2nd Law.

1 Isaac Asimov Foundation 1951 Fiction
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Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

In the distant future, humanity has spread to countless planets throughout the Milky Way. Now the Galactic Empire is falling apart. Hari Seldon, creator of psychohistory, creates a sanctuary at the galaxy's edge called the Foundation. He brings humanitgy's top scientists to the Foundation in the hopes of salvaging human society.

1 Isaac Asimov Foundation and Empire 1952 Fiction
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Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

Hari Seldon heads up the Foundation which has fought off the local planets and their warrior culture. However, now the Foundation is confronted by the Empire…still the dominant force in the galaxy despite it's ongoing decline. A new character called The Mule is instriduced, complete with incredible mental powers.

1 Isaac Asimov Second Foundation 1953 Fiction
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Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

The Foundation has been torn apart. However, it is said that there is a 2nd Foundation hidden away at the end of the Galaxy. This 2nd Foundation will be the custodian of humanity's knowledge. A young woman named Arcadia Darell may hold the answers to stopping The Mule. Who will win 1st Foundation, 2nd Foundation, or The Mule?

12 Isaac Asimov Naked Sun, The 1957 Fiction
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Average: 4 (1 vote)

Humanity has spread through the Galaxy. The positronic brain has enabled incredibly advanced robots. On Solaria, many humans live on large estates isolated from other people and rarely if ever meeting people in person. Earth detective Elijah Baley and robot R. Daneel Olivaw travel to the planet Solaria to investigate a murder.

12 Isaac Asimov Robots of Dawn, The 1983 Fiction
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Average: 4 (1 vote)

Robot R. Daneel Olivaw and Earth detective Elijah Bailey are again pressed into service to investigate the "murder" of a robot. They travel to Aurora, a world inhabited by Spacers. The main suspect in the robot murder is Han Fastolfe, a gifted roboticist.

no votes Isaac Asimov Nemesis 1989 Fiction
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Set 200 years in the future, Earth is a very crowded place and many space settlements have been established. A colony called Rotor has left Earth and is now orbiting a star two light years away from Earth. It turns out that the star they're orbiting is a threat to Earth...what can be done about it?
no votes Jay Barbree "Live From Cape Canaveral" 2007 Non-fiction
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The author has the unique distinction of being the only reporter who has covered every single mission flown by astronauts. Through the decades of covering every crewed mission (and tons of robotic missions) he has interviewed most of the key players from astronauts to NASA administrators...in many cases he's interviewed people several times. This is an inside look at the program and the heroes inside it.
no votes Jay Barbree Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight 2014 Non-fiction
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Jay Barbree is one of the world's top space journalists and he knew and interviewed Neil Armstrong many times over a 50 year span. Enjoy this inside look at one of the most famous men in history. Join him as he flies combat missions over Korea before moving on to the X-15, and other spacecraft culminating of course in Apollo 11 when he became the first man to step onto the lunar surface.

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