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no votes Andrew Chaikin Man On the Moon, A 1994 Non-fiction
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A brilliant book covering the miracle that was the Apollo program and the brave men who walked on the Moon. Also covers the silver medalists who orbited the Moon. Chaikin interviewed these 23 explorers in a feat that can no longer be repeated as many of them are now exploring even farther realms. Supplemented by many additional interviews with those who played key roles but did not go themselves, this book is a great treat for Apollo buffs.
no votes Margaret Wander Bonanno Probe 1991 Fiction
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This novel is effectively the sequel to the movie Star Trek IV The Voyage Home. Ten years have passed and the probe that spoke to the whales in Star Trek IV has returned. The Enterprise is once again in the thick of things and must learn more about the probe...its language and mission...if Kirk is to save the Earth once again.
no votes Robert A. Heinlein Rolling Stones, The 1952 Fiction
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The Stone Family (Roger, Castor, Pollux, Meade, Buster, and Hazel) are living peacefully on the Moon as the father supports them by writing scripts for a sci-fi TV show. The hell raising twins (Castor & Pollux) want to go out to the asteroids where all the action is. Naturally the family buys a used spaceship (Rolling Stone) and they travel to Mars and the asteroids. Heinlein juvenile novel.
no votes John Scalzi Old Man's War 2005 Fiction
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On a future Earth suffering from overpopulation and military incursions by alien races, older citizens are encouraged to join the army and leave earth…never to return. When you join the Colonial Defense Force you are rejuvenated and if you survive your term in the service you are richly rewarded. 1st of 9 novels.
no votes Ben Bova Moonrise 1996 Fiction
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After establishing a lunar base the government decides to privatize the base which is now owned and operated by the Masterson Corp. Paul Stavenger, President of Masterson, is a big believer in the potential of Moonbase. Plausible space technology and utilization of nanotech for space development. Sequel is titled Moonwar.
no votes John Ringo Live Free or Die 2010 Fiction
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A huge circular object arrives near Earth…and alien ships come through it and attack Earth. The aliens seize control of Earth immediately. As more aliens of various species arrive from an array of planets, Tyler Vernon meets an alien ship captain looking for trade goods and discovers Earth does have something valuable to trade. Vernon becomes the richest person on Earth and embarks on a huge space development plan with many military aspects. 1st of 3.
no votes Jerry M. Linenger Off The Planet 2000 Non-fiction
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This is the story of how a U.S. astronaut spent five months aboard Space Station Mir as part of U.S. preparations for the then upcoming International Space Station project. Mir was near the end of its lifetime and quite dangerous during Linenger's tour. During his mission they encountered numerous challenges including losing all power multiple times, and a fire onboard.
no votes Robert Zubrin Case For Mars, The 1996 Non-fiction
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This book is an overview of why we need to explore and settle Mars, how we can do so at far less cost than most people think, and how we can do it NOW…in under a decade. One of the key aspects of his plan is harvesting the Mars atmosphere and using chemical processes to make fuel on site. This drastically reduces the fuel that must be taken to Mars and drives down mission costs.
no votes Michael Flynn Lodestar 2000 Fiction
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Mariesa van Huyten continues to be the lead character, but a large portion of the book is focused on Space Academy, a training ground for the large numbers of people needed to develop space. Headed by astronaut Forest Calhoun, the Space Academy is hard to get in and to graduate from. Significant parts of the book are focused on cyber warfare and IT security issues.
no votes Robert A. Heinlein Starship Troopers 1959 Fiction
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Johnnie Rico comes from a wealthy family but decides to join the military. He is assigned to the Mobile Infantry where he learns to wear powered armor complete with futuristic weapons. While he's in the service humanity is attacked by the Bugs. During the war Johnny matures and is promoted in rank many times. Much of his service is aboard the starship Rodger Young. Other key characters are Sargent Zim and Colonel Dubois.
no votes Kim Stanley Robinson Blue Mars 1996 Fiction
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In the culmination of the trilogy, the terraforming of Mars is complete and people can survive on the surface without having to wear walkers (simplified spacesuit replacements). However now that Mars has been terraformed, Earth is in grave trouble for a wide variety of reasons. Immigration rates are a huge issue for the Mars locals and humanity grapples with where to colonize next.
no votes Piers Bizony Space Shuttle: Celebrating Thirty Years of NASA's First Space Plane 2011 Non-fiction
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While there have been many books about the space shuttle, this is a look at the shuttle program from the vantage point of knowing that the program was almost over. The book talks about the design process of the shuttle, the shuttle itself, and her missions over decades. It includes a large fold-out blueprint of the shuttle.
no votes Ben Bova Powersat 2006 Fiction
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Space entrepreneur Dan Randolph is determined to bring clean energy to Earth via space based solar power. He's hard at work on it when his efforts are derailed by sabotage. There's lots of corporate competition here and it's unclear if Randolph's Astro Manufacturing will survive. Space based solar power will be incredibly lucrative when it operates at scale...and the competition will be fierce.
no votes Payne Harrison Storming Intrepid 1988 Fiction
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U.S. President decides that it's time to deploy a Strategic Defense Initiative system in space. The space shuttle will be used to deploy system elements. The Soviets will do almost anything to stop the SDI deployment including planting a agent to sabotage efforts and using space assets against the U.S. developments.
no votes Gerard O'Neill High Frontier, The 1976 Non-fiction
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While on the Princeton faculty Dr. O'Neill became interested in the idea of what we could do in space after Apollo. His conclusion was that in the late 1970s we had (or would soon have) all the technology needed to build huge settlements in space. While some materials would be launched into space from Earth, lots of material would be mined on the Moon and then launched from the Moon via electromagnetic launchers (mass drivers).
no votes Kim Stanley Robinson Red Mars 1993 Fiction
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There has been one crewed Mars mission and in 2026 100 colonists travel to Mars to establish a settlement. There's rich detail here on the people who go, on the technologies used, and the terrain of Mars. Key characters include U.S. crew members John Boone & Frank Chalmers and Russian crew members Arkady Bogdanov and Maya Toitavna. One ongoing point of stress is should Mars be terraformed or not. 1st of 3 novels.
no votes John Clute Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia 1995 Non-fiction
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This is an incredible guide to all things science fiction prior to 1995. It's an extra large size volume filled with great color photographs. Covering magazines, books, film, and television this companion will keep you informed and entertained. While it does cover numerous science fiction themes other than space travel, I suspect that about half of this book is about space and therefore it's included here.
no votes Robert A. Heinlein Red Planet 1949 Fiction
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This is a coming of age story about a young man named Jim Marlow and how he interacts with his family and his pet Willis. What's unique is that this family lives on Mars and his pet is a Martian bouncer. He clashes with the authority figures at his school and as the story unfolds we discover that these authorities have been up to no good. Heinlein juvenile novel.
no votes William Dietz Mars Prime 1992 Fiction
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The story is set on a ship headed for Mars. The Outward Bound is the second colony ship to travel to Mars. A reporter aboard, Rex Corvan, is covering the story of Earth's desperate effort to access more material wealth and space to live in. However, it turns out that there's a murderer aboard...
no votes Ben Bova Welcome to Moonbase 1987 Fiction
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While technically a science fiction book, it's written as an orientation guide to a new employee reporting for work on a future lunar base. Includes: history of Moonbase, Moonbase today, job guidelines, lunar transportation, lunar manufacturing, tourism, and the future of Moonbase.

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