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Space Travel (Science Fiction Writing Series)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Do you really understand what space is like? Do you know what kind of rockets and engineering are needed to travel through it? And what about travel at the speed of light -- is that really possible? Find out the answers, along with a number of other fascinating facts, and explore the potential for conflict in Space Travel.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Writer's Digest Books
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Fourth of four volumes in Writers Digest's Science Fiction Writing Series. Bova and Lewis provide a good overview of the history of actual spaceflight technology and physics, then explore the many conceptual or theoretical methods of space exploration from a scientific background. Their discussions of the theoretical methods of space exploration include both interplanetary as well as interstellar travel. I particularly appreciated chapters entitled Starships, The Universe and the concluding chap ...more
This book is fantastic. Its mission is to be a guide to the science of space travel for writers of science fiction, and it's perfect. Exactly what I needed.

I mean, yes, OK, it's from 1997, so maybe perfect is too strong. But it's less outdated than I would have thought, and it's still incredibly useful even with its age limitations.

You can tell how much I liked this book because I now say things like, "Ben Bova says . . . " or "Well, Ben Bova thinks that . . . ." Ben Bova. He is now my homeboy.
There are some great guidelines in this book. The other thing I liked about the book were the story questions asked and discussed. And he uses a lot of examples of how certain story questions were handled by other authors.
Jan 09, 2011 James rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in science fiction or space travel
A solid reference for science fiction writers and anyone else who wants to know how space travel works now and may work in the future. Ben Bova is one of the pioneering authors and editors in the field, and he does a great job of laying out the science, possibilities and limitations, and the kind of details that will make a story feel more authentic.
As a science-fiction writer I found this a valuable resource. It explained concepts in a easy to understand manner while laying out the foundational science behind them.
Somehow i was hoping for more info. Seems more like a book for beginners than someone who wants more information.
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Ben Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, while attending Temple University, he married Rosa Cucinotta, they had a son and a daughter. He would later divorce Rosa in 1974. In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose.

Bova is an avid fencer and organized Avco Everett's fencing club. He is an environmentalist, but rejects Luddism.

Bova was a technical writer fo
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