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List of Reviewed Fiction Books

Most recently added reviews listed first

  • Mission to Methone, by Les Johnson. A prospecting mission finds an asteroid that turns out to be an ancient alien spacecraft.
  • Arkwright, by Allen Steele (2016). The Arkwright foundation sends a robotic ship with frozen human gametes to an exoplanet twenty-two light years from Earth.
  • Walking on the Sea of Clouds, by Gray Rinehart (2017). A hard science fiction novel, gritty and realistic, about the first commercial colony on the Moon.
  • Europa’s Lost Expedition, by Michael Carroll (2016). Carroll’s thoughtful storytelling extrapolated from real science turns Jupiter’s moon Europa into a real place for the reader.
  • Beltrunner, by Sean O’Brien (2017). A hard science fiction adventure yarn that will appeal to those who enjoy a blend of technology and action.
  • Moon Beam, by Travis S. Taylor and Jody Lynn Nuy (2017). Reminiscent of Heinlein’s young adult novels, where teen Barbara Winton achieves her dream of working on the Moon.
  • Darkship Revenge, by Sarah Hoyt (2017). Set in an Earth and solar system six centuries in the future, a shoot-‘em-up space opera with with underlying currents as to why societies explore space.
  • Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon, edited by James and Gregory Benford (2013). Collection of articles and science fiction stories about achieving interstellar travel, which inspired the 100-Year Starship Symposium.
  • Trajectories, edited by Dave Creek (2016). An anthology of science fiction ranging from near-Earth, near-future adventures to far flung aliens battling in other galaxies.
  • Poseidon’s Wake, by Alastair Reynolds (2016). A cryptic interstellar message leads to a journey into the farthest reaches of space.
  • Earth Unaware (The First Formic War), by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (2012). An Ender’s Game prequel about the first alien invasion, with plausible views of how people will live and work in space.
  • Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey (2011). This novel of human expansion into the solar system provided the basis for the TV series The Expanse.
  • Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson (2015). Humans avoid extinction in this long, detailed, epic, grand, near-Earth space adventure.
  • Dark Eden (2012) and Mother of Eden (2015), by Chris Beckett. The descendants of two astronauts, trapped in an oasis on a freezing rogue planet, try to survive while awaiting rescue from a dimly remembered Earth.
  • Energized, by Edward M. Lerner (2012). Hard science fiction about constructing a solar power satellite, with accurate and plausible science underpinning.
  • The Martian, by Andy Weir (2014). Hard science fiction thriller about an astronaut stranded on Mars and struggling to survive.
  • Rescue Mode, by Ben Bova and Les Johnson (2014). Detailed and realistic story of the first human mission to Mars getting hit by a meteroid.
  • The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaniemi (2011). Thoughtful fare set in a floating city hovering over Mars.
  • Pillar to the Sky, by Bob Lee (2014). When Congress refuses to fund NASA for the creation of a space elevator, an entrepreneur steps in.
  • Beyond the Sun, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt (2013). Anthology of 18 stories on the theme of space settlement and travel beyond the Solar System.
  • The Martian, by Andy Weir (2014). Gripping hard science fiction novel about a stranded astronaut struggling to survive on Mars.
  • The Obligation, by Stephen Wolfe (2012). A Congressional staffer embarks on a philosophical dialogue on why we should settle space.
  • On the Steel Breeze, by Alastair Reynolds (2013). A thousand years in the future, mankind is making its way out into the universe on massive generation ships.
  • Proxima, by Stephen Baxter (2013). This tale of the settlement of Proxima Centauri is a marvel of SF world building.
  • Crisis on Stardust Station, by John Taloni (2012). A combination of science fiction involving space solar power and fantasy involving intelligent cats.
  • Fire with Fire, by Charles E. Gannon (2013). An intelligent science fiction adventure, mystery, and spy novel all rolled into one.
  • New Earth, by Ben Bova (2013). A fascinating journey to find a new world that addresses major questions about the existence of alien life.
  • Red Planet Blues, by Robert J. Sawyer (2013). Intrigue, murder and action abounds as a private detective works a case in the only colony on Mars.
  • Flood and Ark, by Stephen Baxter (2010-2011). The Earth's oceans experience unprecedented rising, causing massive disasters. A few visionaries devise methods to save humanity.
  • Across the Universe Trilogy, by Beth Revis (2011-2013). New York Times bestselling series that young adult and young-at-heart space enthusiasts will enjoy for the psychological and sociological themes involved in sending humans to colonize another world.
  • 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson (2012). A master at world-building leads us to experience everyday life in a fully functioning spacefaring civilization.
  • The Helios Conspiracy, by Jim DeFelice (2012). A political thriller using space solar power as a backdrop for international industrial espionage.
  • Leviathans of Jupiter, by Ben Bova (2011). Descriptions of life in the atmosphere of Jupiter are superbly creative and showcase the imaginative talents of the author.
  • The Cassini Code (Galahad Series Book 3), by Dom Testa (2010). An enjoyable episode in the continuing saga of the teen crew of the Galahad on their way through space to find a new home for humanity.
  • Impact, by Douglas Preston (2010). Not a disaster novel but a clever story focused on a mysterious meteorite impact.
  • Project Mars: A Technical Tale, by Wernher von Braun (2006). An enthralling tale of the first human journey to Mars, written in the late 1940s, which attempts to communicate its feasibility with existing technology.
  • Lightcraft Flight Handbook LTI-20, by Leik Myrabo and John S. Lewis (2009). A 2025 flight handbook for the LTI-20, a spacecraft powered by beams from space solar power stations.
  • Return to Luna, edited by Eric L. Reynolds (2008). An anthology of the winning entries in the 2008 short story contest (sponsored by NSS and Hadley Rille Books) describing settlements on the Moon.
  • How to Live on Mars, by Robert Zubrin (2008). Everything you need to know to achieve Great Wealth and Fame on Mars.
  • The January Dancer, by Michael Flynn (2008). An exquisitely written story of human competition in a galaxy-spanning civilization.
  • Rolling Thunder, by John Varley (2007). Envisions a Solar System that is thoroughly inhabited by humanity, with outposts as far out as Sedna.
  • Gradisil, by Adam Roberts (2007). Covers three generations involved in the migration to space, nation building, and the intrigue of politics.
  • The Engines of God, by Jack McDevitt (1995). First in a series of novels about solving the puzzles of interstellar archeology.
  • Species Imperative (series), by Julie E. Czerneda (2004-2007). How far will humans go in order to survive? Author Julie Czerneda addresses such ethical issues in the series: Survival, Migration, and Regeneration.
  • Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (1985). Probably the first novel to describe realistically the effects of a comet striking the planet Earth.
  • Earthseed, by Pamela Sargent (1983/2006). The engaging story of a group of teenagers being prepared to become the first human colonists of an exosolar planet.
  • Hurricane Moon, by Alexis Glynn Latner (2007). The hopes and dreams of humanity ride with ten thousand colonists frozen in a ship sent to settle an extra-solar planet.
  • Foreigner, by C. J. Cherryh (2004 10th anniversary edition). The first of nine novels that can help prepare us for the profound cultural change that space development will bring to our future.
  • The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell (1997). The first of two novels that combine remarkable characterization and depictions of an alien society with a serious and respectful treatment of religion.
  • Children of God, by Mary Doria Russell (1999). This sequel to The Sparrow clarifies background events that resulted in the loss of original crew and delves into the longer-term consequences of human actions on an alien world.
  • The Astronaut Farmer, directed by Michael Polish (DVD, 2007). A solid story-telling movie about a man building a rocket, not just for himself or his dream, but to show his children the heights they can achieve.
  • Old Man's War, by John Scalzi (2006 reprint). Well crafted story with a believable and likeable character, creative scientific ideas, and enough action to keep the plot moving.
  • Red Lightning, by John Varley (2007). A typical Martian teen, traveling to Earth to rescue his grandmother after a devastating tsunami, gets caught in interplanetary intrigue.
  • Red Thunder, by John Varley (2004). A race to Mars in the vein of Heinlein's classic juvenile novels that fired up interest in space travel a half century ago.
  • Forbidden Cargo, by Rebecca K. Rowe (2006). An exciting page-turner that smashes the cyberpunk mold with realistic portrayals of colonies on Mars and the Moon.
  • Powersat, by Ben Bova (2006 mass market paperback). Follow astronaut turned businessman Dan Randolph as he tries to put Earth’s first production solar power satellite (SPS) into operation.
  • Lunar Descent, by Allen Steele (1991). A fun story with sex, drugs, and rock & roll on the Moon.
  • Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson (2005). Hugo-award winning story of three young friends who search for a viable future for themselves and a human race that must settle space or face extinction.
  • Variable Star, by Robert H. Heinlein and Spider Robinson (2006). Robinson, a modern science fiction author and fan of Robert A. Heinlein, writes a "lost" novel based on 7 pages of notes by the Old Man himself.
  • Challenger Park, by Stephen Harrigan (2006). A timeless story of a man and woman struggling to find love, take care of their families and friends, and fulfill their lifelong dreams as astronauts.
  • Journey Between Worlds, by Sylvia Engdahl (2006 updated reprint). A down-to-Earth young woman is forced to choose between the life she had planned for herself and a very different one presented to her on Mars.
  • Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson (1993). A great science fiction epic that succeeds on a variety of levels, including technology, environment, and characterization. It is no wonder that the Mars Society has made its flag red, green, and blue in honor of Robinson’s books.

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