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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:
“Shuttle Mission Control” Provides Fascinating Insider Look At Shuttle History

“Shuttle Mission Control” Provides Fascinating Insider Look At Shuttle History

This Space Available by Emily Carney. The shuttle program, once a symbol of America’s technological might, is frequently a subject of think pieces that depict it as an overly-ambitious step back after the Apollo lunar missions. Enter Marianne J. Dyson, one of the first women flight controllers during the early days of STS, and author of the newly-released Shuttle Mission Control: Flight Controller Stories and Photos, 1981 – 1992. Her newest book is a fascinating, energizing look at the program’s early history, technology, and personalities.

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

Book Review: Arcadia Mars

A potential Earth-destroying disaster looms, so humanity must establish a colony on Mars soon. This is the premise driving Arcadia Mars. Though fiction, this story portrays a thoroughly detailed and plausible program for settlement based on a realistic extrapolation of technology into the near future.

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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:
Book Review: Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

Book Review: Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, by Suzanne Slade. Reviewed by Clifford R. McMurray. Especially wonderful about this children’s book about Apollo are the illustrations by Thomas Gonzales that adorn almost every page—some of the finest space art I’ve ever seen. For the beauty of the story and the artwork, Countdown has won a number of well-deserved awards, including the National Science Teachers Association award for best STEM book of 2019.

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