July 4th, 2012


Book Review: Going Interstellar, edited by Les Johnson & Jack McDevitt

Fiction and non-fiction about Earth's first interstellar voyages.

Going Interstellar

Baen, 2012, ~101,000 words

Essays by space scientists and engineers on the coolest ways and means to get humanity to the stars along with stories by an all-star assortment of talespinners abounding with Hugo and Nebula award winners: Ben Bova, Mike Resnick, Jack McDevitt, Michael Bishop, Sarah A. Hoyt and more.

Some humans may be content staying in one place, but many of us are curious about what’s beyond the next village, the next ocean, the next horizon. Are there others like us out there? How will we reach them?

Wonderful questions. Now get ready for some highly informative and entertaining answers.

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Verdict: Going Interstellar is written to appeal to a very specific audience: if the title appeals to you, you are that audience. It's a decent collection of hard SF stories meant to rekindle the dream of space travel, and some physics essays for laymen explaining the reality of antimatter and fusion drives. We will never, ever see this dream come true, but at least we can read about it.

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