Space Books List

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no votes H.G. Wells First Men in the Moon, The 1901 Fiction
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One of the earliest novels about a trip to the Moon. A scientist (Dr. Cavor) has invented a substance that blocks gravity. Cavor meets up with businessman (Bedford) and the two undertake a trip to the Moon. They find alien life on the Moon and run the risk of being trapped there.
no votes Robert A. Heinlein Time For The Stars 1956 Fiction
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The Long Range Foundation wants to send out starships while maintaining communications links with Earth. Identical twins with telepathic abilities are located and used as communications links. Communications become difficult as time dilation impacts one twin and not the other. Adventures of Tom & Pat in typical Heinlein juvenile style.
no votes Frederick Pohl Jem 1979 Fiction
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Earth is suffering from overpopulation and inadequate natural resources. The steady march of technology means that most countries have nuclear weapons. The planet Jem is discovered and it's only a few days away due to the new tachyon transportation technology. Jem has three intelligent but low tech species.
no votes Robert A. Heinlein Have Space Suit Will Travel 1958 Fiction
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Young Kip Russell desperately wants to go to space. He enters a contest where the first prize is a trip to the space station but doesn't win and instead gets a consolation prize space suit. He fixes up the suit (Oscar) and while testing its systems an alien ship almost lands on him. He meets Peewee (girl genius) and the Motherthing (good alien). They fight against the bad aliens (wormfaces)on the Moon and Pluto. Heinlein juvenile.
no votes Carl Sagan Pale Blue Dot 1994 Non-fiction
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The star of the hugely popular TV show Cosmos wrote this great book showcasing our exploration of space up through its writing in 1994, and also includes his views on why humanity's survival may depend on us exploring and developing space.
no votes Debra Doyle Price of the Stars, The 1992 Fiction
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Beka Rosselin-Metadi is a natural adventurer that loves flying spacecraft in true Han Solo style. Her father is a famous general and her mother a big time politician…and she stays as far away from them as possible. When her Mom is killed her Dad offers her the ship Warhammer is she can find and deliver her Mom's killer.
no votes John C. Mankins Case for Space Solar Power, The 2014 Non-fiction
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While the idea of space based solar power has been with us for decades, Mankins has tied in some new approaches and the lower launch costs that are now available. Economies of scale are a large part of his concept. Instead of making gigantic structures where there are a relatively small number of huge components, Mankins advocates building SBSP using huge numbers of identical modules. This will reduce costs & simplify maintenance.
no votes Stephen Baxter Voyage 1996 Fiction
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This is an alternate history story of what might have happened if President Kennedy had lived. In this universe we followed up on our Apollo victory with a crewed mission to Mars in the 1980s. First novel of the NASA trilogy.
no votes Walter A. McDougall …the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age 1985 Non-fiction
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Most people interested in space focus on the technology and the exciting vision of living and working in space. Far fewer people think about the political dimension of space. This book is all about the history of space politics through the mid 1980s. It won the Pulitzer prize, so if you're interested in space policy and politics...this one's for you.
no votes Ben Bova Venus 2000 Fiction
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Venus is an incredibly hostile environment in terms of temperature, pressure, and a deadly atmosphere. Years after his older brother died in the first crewed mission to Venus, Van Humphries will also journey to Venus and perhaps bring back his brother's remains to Earth.
no votes Michael Michaud Reaching For The High Frontier 1986 Non-fiction
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This book is the story of the early leaders of the space movement in the U.S. from 1972 to 1984. During this time period about 200,000 U.S. citizens joined 50+ space organizations. This is the story of the space movement in those years. Interesting reading for anyone wanting to make a difference in space. In reading this see how many authors are mentioned that you read, how many people that you've seen speak, and how many people you've met.
no votes Greg Bear Forge of God, The 1987 Fiction
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Aliens invade the Earth and take steps toward destroying the planet. Another group of aliens send robots to collect biological samples of Earth's life forms. They terraform Mars and take a small number of people there. A key character is a scientist named Arthur Gordon.

no votes Gregory Benford Martian Race, The 1999 Fiction
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When astronauts are lost in a crewed Mars mission attempt, the President directs NASA to focus on cis-lunar space. John Axelrod (billionaire) decides that he will fund a Mars mission himself. A race develops between Axelrod's group and another that consists of various European and Asian entities. Both groups reach Mars...but will anyone make it home?
no votes James A. Michener Space 1982 Fiction
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One of the world's top authors has taken the basic facts of our developments in space from the acquisition of the German scientists acquired after World War Two up through the Apollo years and beyond. While the names and personal details have been altered to make this a work of fiction, there's deep understanding of our history here set in a very readable story.
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 Peter F. Hamilton Mindstar Rising 1993 Fiction
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Greg Mandell is a futuristic private investigator with telepathic abilities. The world's leading firm, Event Horizon (headed by Philip Evans) is trying to help Earth get back on her feet through high tech advances like microgravity manufacturing and artificial intelligence. Why would anybody want to kill Evans and can they be stopped? 1st of 3.
no votes John Ringo Citadel 2011 Fiction
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Tyler Vernon continues to develop a wide variety of huge space infrastructure projects, many of which also have military aspects. Between the huge battle station Troy (made by inflating a metallic asteroid), a gigantic solar powered laser system, and advanced AI computer systems compliments of friendly aliens, Tyler Vernon has added military power to his economic power. 2nd of 3.
no votes Robert A. Heinlein Between Planets 1951 Fiction
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In this Heinlein juvenile novel, stresses are breaking out between Earth, Mars, and Venus. The central character, Don Harvey, is in a unique situation as he was born on a spaceship in interplanetary space and therefore is not a citizen of any particular planet. A key character is a Venerian dragon named Sir Isaac Newton. Along the way Don must protect a ring containing critical secrets.
no votes Robert Zubrin Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization 1999 Non-fiction
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While the book certainly includes Zubrin's plans for humanity and Mars, it also explores further topics including: Moon, asteroids, the outer solar system, and the engineering of space settlements, propulsion and interstellar travel.
no votes Robert A. Heinlein Starman Jones 1953 Fiction
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Max Jones decides to run away from home. Guilds control all the good jobs and membership is hereditary. Max's uncle was an astrogator and he hopes to follow in his footsteps. That doesn't work out so he gets forged papers and signs up for a low level job on a starship's crew. Due to a freak accident the ship gets in major navigation trouble and there doesn't seem to be an answer...except Max's eidetic memory of astrogation tables.

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