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More than 400 Nonfiction, Fiction, & Children’s Books Reviewed

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Opinions expressed are those of the reviewers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Space Society. To get a book reviewed by NSS: send query with book description to [email protected] Do NOT send attached files with your query. Do NOT mail books to the NSS address. We usually respond to queries within 10 days. Note: review copies must be provided free. They can be electronic, but books must also be available in print. We are ONLY interested in books about human exploration and settlement of space.

Nonfiction Books
Complete list of reviewed nonfiction books by title and by author
Most recent nonfiction reviews:
Book Review: Beyond

Book Review: Beyond

This is a riveting biography of the first astronaut, Soviet Lt. Yuri Gagarin, to orbit the Earth in 1961. The author has an exceptional ability to portray events, many of which are not well known. For example, Chief designer Sergei Korolev couldn’t sleep the night before the mission as he knew of the many weak and potentially fatal aspects of the spacecraft and its booster.

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Fiction Books
Complete list of reviewed fiction books by title and by author
Most recent fiction reviews:
Book Review:  Holdout

Book Review: Holdout

Category: Fiction Reviewed by: John J. Vester Title: Holdout Author: Jeffrey Kluger NSS Amazon link for this book Format: Hardcover, paperback, Kindle Pages: 352 Publisher: Dutton Date: August 2022 Retail Price: $26.00/$17.00/$11.99 ISBN: 978-0593184714 In Holdout,...

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Children’s Books
Complete list of reviewed children’s books by title and by author
Most recent children’s book reviews:
‘How We Got To The Moon’ Illustrates, Illuminates First Moon Journey, and Beyond

‘How We Got To The Moon’ Illustrates, Illuminates First Moon Journey, and Beyond

This Space Available, By Emily Carney. A recent addition to the Apollo library, John Rocco’s How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure, is exceptional in that while it may seem geared towards middle grade students, it beautifully illustrates – and illuminates – the role of unsung heroes throughout the space program.

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Book Review:  Welcome to the Moon

Book Review: Welcome to the Moon

If the goal is to inspire and inform a younger generation to be involved in space, including lunar settlement in particular, Dyson’s book accomplishes this in spades. I highly recommend it for students, teachers and parents.

Anyone wanting to get a Giant Moon Map and a set of copies of this book for their favorite school can apply at

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