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Les Johnson

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Les is the author or co-author of both popular science and science fiction. His latest science fiction novel, "Mission to Methone," was released by Baen Books on February 6, 2018. Coincidentally, his latest non-fiction book, "Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World," with co-author Joe Meany, was published the same day (from a different publisher - Prometheus Books)!

By day, Les is Principal Investigator (lead scientist) for NASA's first interplanetary solar sail mission, The Near Earth Asteroid Scout, at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In the early 2000's, Les was NASA's Manager for Interstellar Propulsion Research and later managed th
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My Reading List (as of January 2016)

As a writer, I’m often asked, “What are you reading?” Consider this a reading snapshot in time capturing the fiction I’m reading currently and what I’ve read recently – going back perhaps a few months. I’ll capture the non-fiction in another post.

The Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven
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Average rating: 3.72 · 798 ratings · 153 reviews · 14 distinct worksSimilar authors
Going Interstellar

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Mission to Methone

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Paradise Regained: The Regr...

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Sky Alert!: When Satellites...

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Living Off the Land in Spac...

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Back to the Moon

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On to the Asteroid

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Rescue Mode

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Corona by Greg Bear
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Made For His Pleasure by Alistair Begg
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Analog by Stanley Schmidt
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Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas
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Made For His Pleasure by Alistair Begg
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Asbaran Solutions by Chris  Kennedy
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What can I say? Sometimes I like military space adventure stories and this was well done!
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American Dialogue by Joseph J. Ellis
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Another well-written book about the Founding Generation from Joseph Ellis. He maintains my ranking as the BEST history writer for his ability to tell history as a story, weaving the personal stories of the key participants with the flow of demography ...more
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The Wounded Sky by Diane Duane
The Wounded Sky
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What can I say? Diane Duane wrote a very good Star Trek novel - I thoroughly enjoyed it. (Despite the highly speculative, somewhat metaphysical science twist at the end.)
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Today I Am Carey by Martin L. Shoemaker
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“You know, until I caught a reference in an ancient manuscript, I thought cows were about the size of a chicken.” Chickens and fish being the only animal life aboard, I’d thought so too until this moment. “You mean they’re not?” He shook his head, and his hands sketched improbable dimensions. Now Ennio was frowning. “So . . . The rhymes were altered. I wonder why?”
Les Johnson, Going Interstellar

“Everybody loves a good mystery. In this one, Sarah Hoyt sets us up with a secret hidden within the nursery rhymes preserved for kids on a multigenerational starship. Why, one goes on to wonder, would anyone need to hide information on a starship anyhow? *** Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t been twenty and faced with the oldest problem a girl could have. I was being courted by two men and I didn’t know which I preferred.”
Les Johnson, Going Interstellar

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