Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Amazing Study of Space Travel and Other Scientific Frontiers

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Amazing Study of Space Travel and Other Scientific Frontiers

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Amazing Study of Space Travel and Other Scientific Frontiers Michio Kaku. The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth. New York: Doubleday, 2018. $29.95. ISBN: 978-0-385-54276-0. 339pp.

I had an hour to spend at the Dallas airport before a 6am flight to Los Angeles. There was supposed to be a bookstore in that wing, but it turned out that I went the wrong way and ended up in a grocery store with only a few books and magazines. This book immediately drew my attention because I had just started researching how an alien species might travel to planet earth for my first science fiction novel. At first, I read it standing up, then I sat down on a magazine shelf until the morning papers were brought in and I had to move. Finally, my alarm clock rang and I had to depart for my gate. It took me a few minutes past this point to put this book down. I have not purchased any books for a few years since I started receiving free review copies, so I decided to contact the publisher instead of spending $29.95 on a newly released hardcover. I described my attraction to the book, and now I have a copy of this brilliantly researched examination of our likely future in my collection.

I have examined other books, articles, documentaries and other materials on this subject, and this is the best of these for anybody who wants to go beyond surface ideas that are repeated in the rest. The book begins with a history of where space travel has been up to the present. Then, it departs into immediate goals for space programs around the world: mining planets and asteroids, or preventing cosmic collisions with earth. It goes further considering that a robot might be able to handle the time, nutritional and other requirements of interstellar travel better than humans. …

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