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no votes Robert Zubrin Mars On Earth 2003 Non-fiction
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Members of the Mars Society, unable to wait until they could actually go to Mars, established a simulated Mars base in the High Arctic. This remote location offered a hostile environment that was extremely cold and dry. Various crews visited the station and developed insights about many of the challenges people will face during the initial exploratory crewed missions to Mars.
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 Robert A. Heinlein Space Cadet 1948 Fiction
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The Heinlein juvenile is about a young boy (Matt Dodson)who is accepted to the Solar Patrol academy. As his training develops, Dodson travels through the inner solar system and matures. While on Venus, his superior officer is injured and Dodson must care for him. They get into a sticky situation wit the Venus natives but things work out OK in the end.
no votes David Gerrold Jumping Off The Planet 2000 Fiction
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The key character is a boy named Chigger with an unsatisfactory family life. When his Dad suggests a family vacation to Beanstalk City at the top of the space elevator the family is excited but wonders what the ulterior motive might be. It turns out that Dad is smuggling an item and Chigger must decide to return to Earth or keep going outward to the Moon. Juvenile. First of trilogy.
no votes Michael McCollum Thunder Strike 1989 Fiction
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Space development is coming along quite well but there's never enough water to keep everyone happy, until a comet is found near Jupiter. Initially the Luna republic and the main asteroid mining outfit (Sierra Corp) are gearing up to fight over the spoils. But as things turn out, the comet's on a collision course for Earth.
no votes Homer H. Hickam Back To The Moon 1999 Fiction
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Jack Medaris has been working for years to launch a probe to the Moon to bring back a quantity of Helium3 in an effort to help Earth benefit from fusion power. His lunar probe is sabotaged and destroyed. Medaris feels he has no choice but to hijack space shuttle Columbia from her mission to test a new rocket engine he designed to instead take Columbia to the Moon.
no votes Ben Bova Precipice, The 2001 Fiction
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Dan Randolph made his initial fortune from space. With Earth suffering terribly from environmental damage Randolph knows that space sourced materials and energy can right the situation, but he'll need to risk his company (Astro Manufacturing ) to pull it off. A competitor, Martin Humphries, has developed a fusion propulsion system that may change everything. 1st of 4 novels.
no votes Robert A. Heinlein Farmer in the Sky 1950 Fiction
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Earth is suffering from overpopulation pressures and food is rationed. George Lerner and his son Bill decide to move to Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon. They travel to the Jupiter system and farm a plot of land on Ganymede using a mixture of futuristic and old fashioned tools. They triumph over various hardships. Heinlein juvenile novel.
no votes Wally Schirra Schirra's Space 1988 Non-fiction
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The autobiography by Schirra offers a unique perspective since he was the only astronaut of the original Mercury Seven that in addition to flying in the Mercury program, also flew in the Gemini & Apollo programs. Schirra's love of aviation and space clearly came from his parents. With a Dad who was an ace in the first world war and a Mom who was a barnstormer in the early days of flight...where could Schirra possibly break new ground except in space.
no votes Robert A. Heinlein Cat Who Walks Through Walls, The 1985 Fiction
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Richard Ames (aka Col. Colin Campbell) is a writer living peacefully aboard the space settlement Golden Rule when a man is shot right in front of him. Ames and his girlfriend have diverse adventures in LEO, lunar orbit, the Moon's surface and Earth as they prepare for and attempt to retrieve Mike from the Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
no votes Bob Shaw Orbitsville 1974 Fiction
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Key character Vance Garamond is on the run, from everyone so he departs our solar system. He discovers perhaps the most amazing thing ever found by humanity…a Dyson Sphere. Unfortunately, the powers that be (Starflight Inc.) don't want people to find a new frontier with room for hundreds of billion of people.
no votes Robert A. Heinlein Rocket Ship Galileo 1947 Fiction
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The story opens with a bunch of boys building very advanced model rockets. One of the boys has a nuclear physicist (Don Cargraves) for an uncle and Cargraves decides to build a nuclear powered spaceship & mount a private trip to the Moon. The boys help out in building the ship and off to the Moon they go. After arriving they find a Nazi base on the Moon and they tangle with the Nazis but manage to make it home alive. Heinlein juvenile novel.
no votes Ben Bova Rock Rats, The 2002 Fiction
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In the sequel to the Precipice, Dan Rudolph has died, but a struggle continues to determine who will control the limitless wealth of the asteroid belt. Key characters are Martin Humphries, and Pancho Barnes.
no votes Arthur C. Clarke Imperial Earth 1976 Fiction
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The story is set in the year 2276. Humanity has established itself in numerous locations throughout the solar system. Key character Duncan Makenzie is living on Titan. A settlement on Titan was established circa 2200 and is now an independent government. Early in the novel Makenzie begins making preparations for the huge journey from Titan to Earth. Why has the ruler of Titan decided to visit Earth? To make a clone of himself.
no votes Michael Flynn Firestar 1996 Fiction
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Mariesa van Huyten is obsessed that a large asteroid may someday collide with Earth. Her family is one of America's richest so she embarks on creating her own space program. The first of a four novel series, this is among the very best near term portrayals of how we can move forward in space...quickly. Test pilot and astronaut Ned Dubois is introduced. Reusable launch vehicles, catapult launchers, privately owned space stations, and Mentor Academies.
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 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 Charles Sheffield Cold As Ice 1992 Fiction
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In the far future humanity has colonized the solar system. A generation ago a huge war broke out that killed about 10 billion people throughout our solar system. Key character Cyrus Mobarak (inventor of the fusion engine) wants the next human colony to be on Europa. The first of three novels.
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 R. Pogue How Do You Go To The Bathroom In Space 1999 Non-fiction
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While this book is primarily aimed at high school aged students, there's plenty of interesting information here for space interested readers of all ages. For decades the author, Colonel Pogue, held the record for the longest time spent living in space.

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