As we near the end of the 20th century, humankind must deal with the energy crisis and the depletion of natural resources. Lewis (Rain of Iron and Ice, LJ 1/96) argues that the solution to both these problems lies beyond the earth-that we can tap the vast resources of the solar system, in particular the asteroids, as a source of materials and the sun as a source of power. He even describes how we could colonize Mars. Introducing each chapter with a science fiction-type prolog, Lewis goes on to tell how all this can be achieved. Through occasionally tedious passages, he argues that his proposals are both technologically and economically feasible if done by private enterprise, not as a government project. For general collections. [Robert M. Zubrin's The Case for Mars, reviewed below, also proposes an economically feasible manned Mars program.-Ed.]-Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUN.
--Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUNY
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This book should be required reading for American manufacturing CEOs (those that are still here) -- to give them ideas and set them percolating -- and by politicians -- to get them... Read morePublished 3 months ago by LibertyCap
This was a very interesting book that laid out a lot of information about the planets and asteroids in our neighborhood.Published 20 months ago by Jason B.
COULD BE BETTER - FACTS ARE STRETCHED OUT - LIKE THE BOOK BUT SCIENCE IS TOO FAR FETCHED MORE LIKE FICTION- NEEDS IMPROVEMENT FOR NEXT EDITIONPublished 21 months ago by MAXR
Numbers don't lie. I would like to see a moon colony just so we get the technology figured out. This book explains in detail why other resources would provide better returns. Read morePublished 23 months ago by H. Shane Mills
John Lewis presents a very believable glimpse of how humanity will expand into our solar system via natural resources and approaches to travel and the use of these resources. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Hawkeye
The author presents a realistic and compelling plan for bootstrapping civilization into space. I'm not entirely certain that helium fusion research is advanced enough to follow the... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Joseph Roberts
So much worth out there and all we need is a taller ladder and a strong dream to get back in front of the future.Published on February 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
So far this book is exactly what I expected. I'm not quite finished but from what I've read so far and things are great.Published on February 13, 2013 by Milton C. Walker
John S. Lewis' approach to space expansion is a well thought out balance of science & capitalism. In this age of government deficits an approach combining exploration and profit... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by RG