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Islands in the Sky: Bold New Ideas for Colonizing Space

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A fascinating selection of "Analog" magazine's finest articles by leading researchers and science writers. Contains an astonishing range of new proposals for space travel and colonization including plans for the exploration of Mars, ideas for interstellar travel at the speed of light and the process of terraforming other planets to accommodate human life. Describes the lat ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published February 8th 1996 by Wiley (first published January 25th 1996)
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A lot of excellent material and a handful of not-so-hot selections. This anthology of articles, mostly by scientists and engineers many of whom also write science fiction, examines multiple possibilities in terms of both technologies and destinations.
A few overlook some obvious holes in their reasoning, but most are thought-provoking and solidly put together, especially the work of Dr. Robert Zubrin, which is exhaustively provided with hard science down to the detailed equations and inputs. Othe
Jul 16, 2013 Nathaniel rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, non-fiction
This book is shelved both under "non-fiction" and under "sci fi" because it's a collection of essays about speculative but realistic plans for colonizing our own solar system.

It's a really important book for sci fi fans because the genre of space opera has been redefined in the last 10 years to change the scope from the kind of literally galaxy-wide stories of yesteryear (epitomized by Foundation and its sequels) to similar stories that are set purely within our solar system. Think of Firefly (t
Patrick Ritchie
Jan 10, 2013 Patrick Ritchie rated it liked it
This book was a bit of a mixed bag, unfortunately some of the best chapters were taken from other books I've already read. If you're already familiar with the case for mars and entering space you've already got 75% of the best parts of islands in the sky. If you haven't it may be worth picking up, but be warned that a couple of the chapters are quite dated, referring to endeavors that have already failed...
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