The Hard SF Writer’s Bookshelf

March 26th, 2008

  Last summer at the Launch Pad workshop, I brougt in my main reference bookshelf for writing space-based hard science fiction.   This list is by no means complete (I have books stashed everywhere and loaned out and whatever…who knows where they all end up?) .   Here are the results:

Bennett, Jeffrey O., and G. Seth Shostak. Life in the Universe. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Pearson Addison Wesley, 2007.

Berry, Adrian. The Giant Leap : Mankind Heads for the Stars. London: Headline, 1999.

Bova, Ben, and Tony Lewis. Space Travel. 1st ed, Science Fiction Writing Series. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books, 1997.

Darling, David J. Life Everywhere : The Maverick Science of Astrobiology. New York: Basic Books, 2001.

Drake, Frank D., and Dava Sobel. Is Anyone out There? : The Scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. New York, N.Y.: Delacorte Press, 1992.

Gillett, Stephen Lee, and Ben Bova. World-Building, Science Fiction Writing Series. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1996.

Grady, M. M. Astrobiology. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.

Grinspoon, David.   Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life.   Ecco, 2003.

Harrison, Albert A. Spacefaring : The Human Dimension. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

Kaler, James B. Extreme Stars : At the Edge of Creation. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Kondo, Yoji. Interstellar Travel and Multi-Generation Space Ships. Burlington, Ont.: Apogee Books, 2003.
Lewis, John S. Mining the Sky : Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1996.

Lunine, Jonathan Irving. Astrobiology : A Multidisciplinary Approach. San Franciso: Pearson Addison Wesley, 2005.

Macvey, John W. Interstellar Travel : Past, Present, and Future. 1st Scarborough House trade pbk. ed. Chelsea, MI: Scarborough House, 1991.

Mallove, Eugene F., and Gregory L. Matloff. The Starflight Handbook : A Pioneer’s Guide to Interstellar Travel, Wiley Science Editions. New York: Wiley, 1989.

Mullane, R. Mike.   Do Your Ears Pop In Space and 500 Other Surprising Questions About Space Travel.    Wiley, 1997.

Savage, Marshall T. The Millennial Project : Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps. Boston: Little, Brown, 1994.

Stine, G. Harry. Living in Space : A Handbook for Work & Exploration Beyond the Earth’s Atmosphere. 1st ed. New York: M. Evans and Co., 1997.

Tribble, Alan C. The Space Environment : Implications for Spacecraft Design. Rev. and expanded ed. Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Walter, William J. Space Age. 1st ed. New York: Random House, 1992.

Woodmansee, Laura S. Sex in Space. Burlington, Ont., Canada: CG Publishing, Inc., 2006.

There are a lot more great books out there, but this is a big chunk of one of my bookshelves.


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