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Thomas Paine was both a visionary and a technocrat. America was fortunate to have him as leader of NASA to manage its team of 400,000 workers for the home stretch of the Moon Race. He never stopped dreaming, and he never stopped preaching the dream.read more
The High Frontier: An Easier Way (July 2018), by Tom Marotta and Al Globus, reviewed by David Brandt-Erichsen. A worthy update to Gerard K. O’Neill’s seminal 1977 book The High Frontier, this book provides new ideas on a stepwise approach that can help bridge the gap between where we are now and the first orbital space settlements.read more
Mission to Methone, by Les Johnson. A prospecting mission finds an asteroid that turns out to be an ancient alien spacecraft. Reviewed by Bart Leahy.read more
Arkwright, by Allen Steele (2016). The Arkwright foundation sends a robotic ship with frozen human gametes to an exoplanet twenty-two light years from Earth. Reviewed by Peter Spasov.read more
Mission to Pluto by Mary Kay Carson (2017). Outstanding “group biography” including profiles of the New Horizons mission team members and the dwarf planet itself. Reviewed by Marianne Dyson.read more
The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield with Kate Fillion (2016). Inspired by the childhood of a real-life astronaut, this book encourages readers to dream the impossible. Reviewed by Peter Spasov.read more