Product Description About the Author STANLEY SCHMIDT Ph.D. is the Editor of Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact magazine for which he has received 16 Hugo Award nominations. He is the author of four novels including Lifeboat Earth and Newton and the Quasi–Apple and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Space Society. ROBERT ZUBRIN Ph.D. is an astronautics engineer whose work has been profiled in Newsweek and Air & Space/Smithsonian magazines. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Space Society and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. From the Back Cover "Let the meek inherit the earth―the rest of us are going to the stars! Here′s how it′s going to be done." ― Robert Zubrin "These articles are not ′just science fiction.′ They are things we can do―and with any luck at all and vision and determination we will." ― Stanley Schmidt Take off on a thrilling journey of space exploration and speculation―to the realm where science fiction becomes science fact―as leading writers researchers and astronautic engineers describe a not–too–distant future of interstellar travel and colonization. From cable cars that ride "skyhooks" into space to rockets that can refuel out of Martian air from "terraforming" planets (a process that makes them habitable for human life) to faster–than–light propulsion systems Islands in the Sky offers an astonishing collection of challenging―and plausible―ideas and proposals from the pages of Analog magazine. Brilliant and provocative here is fun–filled reading for everyone interested in science technology and the future. See all Product Description
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