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Stellaris: People of the Stars Mass Market Paperback – August 25, 2020
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BECOMING THE PEOPLE OF THE STARS
Fundamental transformation. That is what it may take to reach our final destination. And we may not have a choice as dangers from without and pressure from within human civilization force us to adapt to a new star-traveling heritage. We may find that Homo sapiens is on its way to becoming a new and unique species—Homo stellaris: people of the stars.
A BOUNDLESS SENSE OF WHAT’S POSSIBLE
Inspired by a gathering of scientists, science fiction authors, and futurists at a series of annual meetings held by the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, here are original science fiction stories and accessible speculative pieces by top scientists that will take you to that future! Enjoy stories from award-winning authors such as Kevin J. Anderson, William Ledbetter, Todd McCaffrey, and Sarah A. Hoyt, plus essays on the science behind the fiction from Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom, Mark Shelhamer, Chief Scientist for NASA’s Human Research Program, and more!
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."—Booklist
"This was an enjoyable collection of science fiction dealing with colonizing the stars. In the collection were several gems and the overall quality was high."—Tangent
". . . offers readers a view what of might be our future in space."—Richochet
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
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About the Author
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D., turns science fiction into science in his day job, and puts the science into science fiction in his spare time. He has consulted for more than a dozen SF writers, assisting in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites to cure them), exotic toxins, and brain effects of a zombie virus. His science writing ranges from fictional depiction of real science and the mysteries of the brain to surviving the apocalypse or living in space. His recent forays into short fiction have appeared in the US Army Small Wars Journal (TRADOC Mad Science Writing Contest), Science Fiction by Scientists (Springer), Black Tide Rising anthologies (Baen), and Four Horsemen Universe (Chris Kennedy Publishing). Some of his prior fiction and nonfiction appeared under the pseudonym Tedd Roberts. Dr. Hampson is a professor of physiology/pharmacology and neurology with more than thirty-five years' experience in animal neuroscience and human neurology. His professional work includes more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles ranging from the pharmacology of memory to the effects of radiation on the brain—and most recently, the first report of a "neural prosthetic" to restore human memory using the brain's own neural codes. He is a member of the SIGMA Forum and the Science and Entertainment Exchange—a service of the National Academy of Sciences. He is married with two grown sons and lives outside Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
- Publisher : Baen (August 25, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198212489X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982124892
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #562,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.