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Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization

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"Robert Zubrin is a true engineering genius like the heroic engineers of the past."
--Frederick Turner, American EnterpriseUsing nuts-and-bolts engineering and a unique grasp of human history, Robert Zubrin takes us to the not-very-distant future, when our global society will branch out into the universe. From the current-day prospect of lunar bases and Mars settlements to
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Published August 7th 2000 by Jeremy P. Tarcher (Penguin Group) (first published 1999)
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Feb 19, 2012 Ed [Redacted] rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I saw an interview where Alan Moore called Zubrin basically some kind of nut, probably because Newt Gingritch said something nice about him. I thought to myself, " self, if Alan Moore thinks this guy is nuts, you have got to get this book." after reading the book, I have to say Zubrin is not at all crazy, he was disappointingly sane in fact. He is certainly a glass half full guy, a bit pollyanna-ish, but sane just the same. His theories are very well thought out but thourougly optimistic. I just ...more
Apr 27, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Devan
Shelves: favorites
This is the future of human civilization; and it is astounding.

Zubrin blew my mind a number of times, and in later chapters it appears that Zubrin is blowing his own mind, based on the prevalence of conclusions he makes accentuated with exclamation marks in ellipses (!!!). All of which are warranted, as Zubrin is clearly the most visionary, optimistic, and forward thinking aeronautical engineer around. Having read his previous book 'The Case For Mars', I was expecting optimism and brilliance, an
Bill He
Sep 08, 2007 Bill He rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: non-fic
Extremely informative and very inspirational.

After I read it I was like if I had a choice to make the world better, it would be along the lines of what was proposed in the book. Forward the human civilization into space.
Ben Joffe
Sep 24, 2015 Ben Joffe rated it really liked it
Good book on what a spacefaring civilisation might look like, and a potential realistic pathway to achieving it.

Resource gathering throughout the solar system could have been more in depth, about the size of economies required to sustain them.

Discussion of potential aliens in the galaxy was informative but a little narrow minded / opinionated:
- drake equation discussion concluded there must be many aliens in our galaxy, discounted the possibility of it being rare (<1 civilisation per galaxy)
Lochie Ferrier
Zubrin as always is great. Fantastic summary of what low cost LEO launch enables.
Jan 09, 2016 Kate marked it as to-buy
Jeff Bezos read.
Jan 28, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it
Inspired me to my mechanical/aerospace major, Zubrin sets a game plan for the development of humanity through each stage of "energy" existence- from planetary, to solar, to galactic- without relying on magical warp drives, but rather conventional high school physics and chemistry that we can all understand.

It explains how things should work without being like those bothersome, "Science of StarTrek/HarryPotter/XMen" books.
Nov 04, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing
I have never read a science or engineering book of such sweeping vision. Not only does it give insight about the next steps for the culture and technology of this planet, but it is an intelligent discussion of what's going on in the rest of the galaxy and the universe. This is better than The Starflight Handbook or Prospects for Interstellar Travel. Highly, highly recommended
Tracy Black
Jan 20, 2009 Tracy Black rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves space
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's a little dated in parts (published 2000), but still a gem. Zubrin's writing is both insprirational and informative. He argued a better case for the space program than any author I've ever read.
Matt Ely
Feb 03, 2016 Matt Ely rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, physics
Essential reading for anyone who wants to see the ideological necessity and practical feasibility of space colonization. An exciting and compelling narrative on the immediacy with which we can embrace the human destiny of interstellar travel.
Jul 13, 2012 Bob rated it liked it
Zubrin offers his take on the various reasons for going into space, and shows that many of the often-cited ones are economically unfeasible. If you are interested in space, check this book out for sure.
Jul 17, 2008 Jake rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. He discusses seemingly doable and necessary plans for us to become a space-faring civilization. Really fascinating.

Sep 09, 2007 Hillary rated it liked it
Not as good as his first book. Some of it seems a little far fetched, at least for the technology of our society today.
Priscilla Thomas
Feb 11, 2010 Priscilla Thomas rated it it was amazing
Could read this over and over - always something more to absorb
Patrick Ritchie
Mar 09, 2012 Patrick Ritchie rated it it was amazing
An inspiring, relatively technical read. Highly recommended.
Jun 12, 2012 Elsie rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic!! I would recommend this to all Sci-fi readers!
Adam Weber
Dec 13, 2012 Adam Weber rated it it was amazing
Inspirational history of human expedition.
Nov 29, 2008 Nathan rated it liked it
Zubrin made the case for Mars. This is his ultimate manifesto for mankind conquering space. He manages to slay a number of dragons in this work and points out a number of potential "goldmine" industries that could emerge as humanity enters space.
Charles Bell
Apr 24, 2010 Charles Bell rated it liked it
Pretty technical
May 05, 2008 Wallace rated it liked it
We're minutes away
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