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Stellaris: People of the Stars Kindle Edition
The stars will change us.
STELLARIS: PEOPLE OF THE STARS is a collection of original science fiction stories and nonfiction essays speculating about humanity’s far-term expansion into the universe beyond the limits of our solar system—with an emphasis on the changes humans will undergo as a species as we make this happen. Is interstellar travel so far beyond our current imaginings that it will take a fundamental transformation of humanity in order to make it possible? And, if so, will we remain Homo sapiens or become a new and unique species—Homo stellaris (the People of the Stars)?
Herein are original science fiction stories by award-winning authors such as Kevin J. Anderson, William Ledbetter, Todd McCaffrey and Sarah A. Hoyt, supplemented by accessible nonfiction essays describing the science behind the fiction from people who should know—Sir Martin Rees (Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom), Mark Shelhamer (Chief Scientist for the NASA’s Human Research Program), and more.
This collection of original stories and essays was inspired by a gathering of scientists, science fiction authors, and futurists at a series of annual meetings held by the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. Let their speculations, imaginations and boundless sense of what’s possible take your own journey beyond the edge of the solar system in STELLARIS: PEOPLE OF THE STARS!
Stories and Provocative Speculation from
Sir Martin Rees
Kevin J. Anderson
Sarah A. Hoyt
Kacey Ezell and Philip Wohlrab
Robert E. Hampson
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About Stellaris: People of the Stars:
[A] thought-provoking look at a selection of real-world challenges and speculative fiction solutions. . . . Readers will enjoy this collection that is as educational as it is entertaining."—Bookist
About Mission to Methone by Les Johnson:
"The spirit of Arthur C. Clarke and his contemporaries is alive and well in Johnson’s old-fashioned first-contact novel, set in 2068.... includes plenty of realistic detail and puts fun new spins on familiar alien concepts.... There’s a great deal here for fans of early hard SF."—Publishers Weekly
"With equal parts science fiction and international intrigue....an exciting, fast-paced read that you will not want to put down."—Booklist
About Rescue Mode by Ben Bova and Les Johnson:
"... a suspenseful and compelling narrative of the first human spaceflight to Mars."—Booklist
About the Author
He consults with authors to put the “hard” science in “Hard SF” and has written both fiction and nonfiction for Baen Books. His own hard-SF and mil-SF have been published by the US Army Small Wars Journal, Springer, Seventh Seal Press, and Baen. He is a member of SIGMA think tank and the Science and Entertainment Exchange—a service of the National Academy of Sciences. Find out more at his website: http://www.REHampson.com.
Les Johnson is a physicist and author. He is the author of Mission to Methone; Rescue Mode, coauthored with Ben Bova; Saving Proxima (forthcoming) coauthored with Travis S. Taylor; and coeditor of the science/science fiction anthologies Going Interstellar and Stellaris: People of the Stars. He was technical consultant for the movies Europa Report and Lost in Space and has appeared in numerous documentaries on the Discovery and Science Channels. Les was also the featured “Interstellar Explorer” in National Geographic Magazine and interviewed for Science Friday. By day, he serves as Solar Sail Principal Investigator of NASA’s first interplanetary solar sail missions and leads research on various other advanced space propulsion technologies at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07WT67R9V
- Publisher : Baen Books; 1st edition (September 3, 2019)
- Publication date : September 3, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2693 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 448 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #970,068 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Without being dry or pedantic, this collection, curated by Les Johnson, and Robert Hampson, explores the different ways interstellar humans may be forced to adapt. The challenges of travelling through space for decades (no handwavium warp drives or hyperdrive is found in these pages) are listed and the authors offer their perspectives on how they might be overcome.
What makes Stellaris stand out is that the diverse approaches to the problems of interstellar space travel are all based on actual research being carried out today. Some of the most far out ideas explored in the book are as fanciful as they first appear.
As I look over this review, I realize I make it sound like this book might be a chore to read; a textbook rather than an entertainment. This is a Baen book folks; entertainment is the name of the game. If it isn't fun; it isn't Baen.
The fiction is well crafted, engaging and thought provoking. And yes, fun to read. The non fiction articles are written at a level that anyone with a basic knowledge of science will easily follow the topics and find themselves drawn into the ideas discussed. Personally, I liked the non fiction a bit better than the fiction, but that's just me; the idea of travelling to another star is fascinating to me.
Definitely worth the cost of admission and the time spent reading.