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Reviewed Non-Fiction Books (alphabetically by author)

  • Aldrin, Buzz, and Leonard David. Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration (2013). Apollo astronaut and developer of the Aldrin Mars Cycler which could provide regular service between Earth and Mars, gives his vision of humanity's future in space.
  • Anderson, Eric, and Joshua Piven. The Space Tourist's Handbook (2005). The "wealthy hitchhiker's" guide to space, with emphasis on the details of a Soyuz launch to the International Space Station.
  • Beattie, Donald A. ISScapades (2007). Does an admirable job of providing the reader with an understanding of why we have the space station we have.
  • Belfiore, Michael. Rocketeers (2007). A personal glimpse into the space entrepreneur and why people will risk fortunes and even their lives in an effort to open space to a wider audience.
  • Bell, Jim. Postcards from Mars (2006). A coffee-table book of fabulous photos that also includes the compelling human story behind the successful Spirit and Opportunity rovers.
  • Bell, Sherry. Living in Space (2009). 21 essays on the cultural and social dynamics, opportunities, and challenges in permanent space habitats.
  • Benaroya, Haym (editor). Lunar Settlements (2010). Comprehensive collection of papers from the 2007 Rutgers University Symposium on Lunar Settlements.
  • Brzezinski, Matthew. Red Moon Rising (2007). Captures the essence of the opening of the Space Age with masterful political savvy.
  • Carroll, Michael. Drifting on Alien Winds (2011). Vivid descriptions, stunning photo assemblies, and inspiring original artwork provide a grand tour of solar system weather.
  • Chaikin, Andrew. A Passion for Mars (2008). The author of the landmark A Man on the Moon offers striking new information about humankind’s quest for the Red Planet.
  • Chaikin, Andrew, with Victoria Kohl. Voices from the Moon (2009). High-def photos combined with the words of the lunar astronauts themselves makes this book a cut above.
  • Darling, David, and Dirk Schulze-Makuch. Megacatastrophes (2012). An astronomer and an astrobiologist describe nine ways the world could end.
  • Dean, James D. and Bertram Ulrich, editors. NASA/ART: 50 Years of Exploration (2008). Showcases some of the paintings that NASA commissioned as part of its historic art program.
  • Diamandis, Peter, and Steven Kotler. Abundance (2012). The authors masterfully synthesize data on the forces that can make nine billion people live a life of abundance within 25 years.
  • Engdahl, Sylvia. The Planet-Girded Suns (2012). A thought-provoking history of human thought about extrasolar worlds. For young adult to adult.
  • Feuerbacher, Berndt, and Heinz Stoewer, editors. Utilization of Space (2005). A comprehensive scholarly book addressing how space contributes to the advancement and betterment of human society.
  • Fredriksen, John C. Men Into Space (2012). The story of the 1959 television series about human space flight.
  • Godwin, Robert. The Lunar Exploration Scrapbook (2007). A fascinating tour of more than 200 proposed lunar vehicles, with beautiful color illustrations and designs that until now have existed only as blueprints.
  • Hansen, James R. First Man (2005). The first-ever authorized biography of Neil Armstrong, masterfully written by James Hansen, a professor of history at Auburn University.
  • Hartmann, William K. A Traveler's Guide To Mars (2003). "A masterpiece of scientific writing for the general reader" that provides an integrated understanding of what makes Mars "tick."
  • Heppenheimer, T. A. Colonies in Space (1977). The best book on space settlement written to date – full of colorful narrative and satisfying, but clearly explained, technical detail.
  • Heppenheimer, T. A. The Space Shuttle Decision (1999). A masterful piece of research and writing, this volume deals with the technical, economic, and political factors in the initial decision to build the Shuttle (time period 1965-1972).
  • Hitt, David, Owen Garriott, and Joe Kerwin. Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story (2008). Provides an excellent oral history of the Skylab program, including Alan Bean’s complete journal from the Skylab II mission.
  • Hogan, Thor. Mars Wars (2007). Chronicles the reasons for the failure of the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) in the early 1990s.
  • Impey, Chris. The Living Cosmos (2007). A readable survey of astrobiology and how it may lead to deeper knowledge of our place in the universe.
  • Johnson, Les, Gregory L. Matloff, C Bangs. Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth (2009). How humans might use the resources of the solar system for terrestrial benefit, allowing civilization to live in harmony with the environment.
  • Jones, Chris. Too Far From Home (2007). The true story of what it was like to be stranded aboard the International Space Station after the loss of the Shuttle Columbia.
  • Kasting, James. How to Find a Habitable Planet (2010). Kasting, a distinguished professor of geosciences at Penn State University, has worked to detect habitable worlds outside our solar system, and in this clear and accessible book he introduces readers to the advanced methodologies being used in this extraordinary quest.
  • Kurzweil, Ray. The Singularity is Near (2006). How might the hypothetical "Technological Singularity"—when computers become smarter than humans and take over their own evolution—affect space development?
  • Lawrie, Alan. Saturn (2005). The definitive reference work on what is arguably the crowning achievement of American aerospace technology, the Saturn V Moon rocket.
  • Lawrie, Alan. Saturn 1/1B (2008). A comprehensive history of the rocket that started the Apollo program on its way to the Moon.
  • Lewis, John S. Mining the Sky (1997). One of the most important books space advocates can own. Provides a justification and roadmap for incorporating the material and energy resources of the solar system into the world’s economy.
  • Liebergot, Sy. Apollo EECOM: Journey of a Lifetime (2008 reprint from 2003). A unique first person account of the behind-the-scenes drama that unfolded on Apollo and Skylab missions.
  • Lord, M. G. Astro Turf (2005). A personal account of how JPL's hierarchical, male-oriented management structure gradually shifted to a more inclusive model.
  • Lovett, Laura, Joan Horvath, and Jeff Cuzzi. Saturn: A New View (2006). An incredible volume of history, facts, and 150 awe-inspiring photographs of the planet and its moons, taken from the Cassini and Huygens spacecraft.
  • McCray, W. Patrick. The Visioneers (2012). "How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Frontier."
  • Moore, Patrick. 50 Years in Space, illustrated by David A. Hardy (2006). Noted author-astronomer and BBC commentator attempts to rekindle the wonder of the Space Age.
  • Mullane, Mike. Riding Rockets (2006). Former NASA astronaut Mike Mullane pulls back the cover on the astronaut corps, revealing the humor and humanity missing from the agency's official biographies.
  • Murdin, Paul. Secrets of the Universe (2009). A storyteller's history of astronomy, constructed like a collection of short stories that invites readers to delve into it at any point, that makes the most complex topics accessible and absorbing.
  • Neufeld, Michael. Von Braun (2007). Probably the definitive biography of this "dreamer of space, engineer of war."
  • O'Neill, Gerard K. The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space, 3rd Edition (2000). In one of THE great books about space development, O'Neill offered answers to most of humanity’s energy problems and at the same time planned for a grand expansion of the human race into the solar system.
  • O'Neill, Gerard K. 2081: A Hopeful View of the Human Future (1981). This second book by O'Neill describes his thoughts on anticipated advancements in computers, automation, space colonies, energy, and communications.
  • Pelton, Joseph, and Peter Marshall. License to Orbit (2009). Knowledgeable authors cover the wide spectrum of space tourism operations.
  • Pyle, Rod. Missions to the Moon (2009). With relatively few pages, this book is oversized and crammed with information — even with all the other histories out there, a valuable and fun book.
  • Seedhouse, Erik. Tourists in Space (2008). A nuts-and-bolts look at suborbital and orbital space tourism, particularly for those people considering signing up for a ride into space.
  • Shepherd, Gordon, and Agnes Kruchio. Canada's Fifty Years in Space (2008). As enjoyable to read as it is a thoroughly comprehensive history of Canada's space efforts.
  • Sietzen, Frank Jr., and Keith Cowing. New Moon Rising (2004). Provides the inside story of the formation of a major space policy in 2004: The Vision for Space Exploration.
  • Squyres, Steven W. Roving Mars (2005). The passionate story of the human perserverance involved in creating the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.
  • von Braun, Wernher, et. al. Across the Space Frontier (1952). First in a set of three books that are expanded treatments of a series of articles in Collier's magazine that inspired a generation of Americans.
  • von Braun, Wernher, et. al. Conquest of the Moon (1953). The greatest space visionaries of the 1950s lay out a highly ambitious plan for exploring the Moon.
  • von Braun, Wernher, and Willey Ley. The Exploration of Mars (1956). The father of the U.S. space program and the founding president of the National Space Institute (now National Space Society) describes his plans for exploring Mars.
  • Webb, Stephen. Where Is Everybody? Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox (2002). Are there any spacefaring civilizations out there? Either answer leads to a paradox. This stimulating feast for the mind is a scholarly yet highly readable work "for any reader interested in science and the sheer pleasure of speculative thinking."
  • Wingo, Dennis. Moonrush (2004). Makes a strong case that there are important reasons for humans to return to the Moon, as well as why past efforts have failed.
  • Woodmansee, Laura. Sex in Space (2006). An interesting study in possibilities that have not as yet been documented, and a good starting point for future space tourists and planners.
  • Young, John W., with James R. Hansen. Forever Young: A Life of Adventure in Air and Space (2012). What makes this book different than other astronauts' memoirs is the comprehensive technical detail he uses to describe each of his missions and his entire career at NASA.
  • Zubrin, Robert. The Case for Mars (1996/1997). "Bob Zubrin really, nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue."—Carl Sagan
  • Zubrin, Robert; Harrison Schmitt; Edgar Mitchell; et. al. Colonizing Mars: The Mission to the Red Planet (2012). Anthology of thought-provoking essays on the reasons for sending humans to the Red Planet and what challenges will impact the effort.
  • Zubrin, Robert. How to Live on Mars (2008). Everything you need to know to achieve Great Wealth and Fame on Mars.

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