- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Scarborough House; 1 edition (April 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812885236
- ISBN-13: 978-0812885231
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,481,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Interstellar Travel: Past, Present and Future 1st Edition
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I was 20 years old when I bought this book, approaching adulthood, working for the summer on my college campus. I read the book on my lunch breaks as a reward for hard work in the morning. There was nothing profound about this book. It just snared my interest the way no other book did because of the still childlike wonderment I had of space travel.
The author gave a mystique to space travel and extraterrestrials while retaining sound scientific principles in his descriptions. He discusses various scenarios regarding interstellar travel that I had not thought of before. For example, he informs us that the galaxy is dynamic and the night sky that appears today is different from what was there not long ago on a cosmic time scale. He gives data on how often sun-like pass near our solar system to provide an opportunity for a short hop earth.
On occasions he abandons scientific rumination to give wilder speculation or even abandoning speculation for the reader to take up. In the book are eye witness accounts of various strange events that gave the book an eerie appeal.
I would probably not enjoy it quite as much today due to the skepticism and sophistication that comes with maturity and experience. The book just glosses over some concepts, especially in dealing with technically oriented subjects as propulsion. I think the details he does give in regard to propulsion are a bit optimistic. A light read perhaps, but sure to tickle the fancy of a young space nut.