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Going Interstellar


Essays by space scientists and engineers on the coolest ways and means to get humanity to the stars along with stories by an all-star assortment of talespinners abounding with Hugo and Nebula award winners: Ben Bova, Mike Resnick, Jack McDevitt, Michael Bishop, Sarah A. Hoyt and more.

Some humans may be content staying in one place, but many of us are curious about what’s beyond the next village, the next ocean, the next horizon. Are there others like us out there? How will we reach them?

Wonderful questions. Now get ready for some highly informative and entertaining answers.

Cover Art by Sam Kennedy



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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

All NASA images and graphics are used on a nonexclusive basis, and their use does not explicitly or implicitly convey NASA's endorsement of commercial goods, services, or any written statements of fact, fiction, or opinion, including the contents of Going Interstellar.

First printing, June 2012

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4516-3778-6
eISBN: 978-1-62579-083-5

Copyright © 2012 by Les Johnson and Jack McDevitt

“Introduction,” © 2012 by Les Johnson, “Choices,” © 2012 by Les Johnson, “A Country For Old Men,” © 2012 by Ben Bova, “Antimatter Starships,” © 2012 by Dr. Gregory Matloff, “Lucy,” © 2012 by Jack McDevitt, “Lesser Beings,” © 2012 by Dr. Charles E. Gannon, “Fusion Starships,” © 2012 by Dr. Gregory Matloff, “Project Icarus,” © 2012 by Dr. Richard Obousy, “Design Flaw,” © 2012 by Louise Marley, “Twenty Lights to ‘The Land of Snow’” © 2012 by Michael Bishop, “Solar and Beamed Energy Sails,” © 2012 by Les Johnson, “The Big Ship and the Wise Old Owl,” © 2012 by Sarah A. Hoyt, “Siren Song,” © 2012 by Mike Resnick

Illustration, “Introduction,” by Les Johnson background image courtesy NASA. © 2012 NASA.
Figure 1, “Antimatter Spaceships,” by Gregory Matloff courtesy NASA. © 2012 NASA, Image ID: MSFC-9906272.
Figure 2, “Fusion Starships,” by Gregory Matloff courtesy NASA. © 2012 NASA, Image ID: MSFC-9906378.
Figure 3, “Fusion Starships,” by Gregory Matloff courtesy NASA. © 2012 NASA, Image ID: MSFC-9906399.
Figure 4, Starship with 24 Drop Tanks (Midflight Configuration) © 2012 Geoff Landis. Nonexclusive world reproduction right granted.
Figure 5, “Solar and Beamed Energy Sails,” by Les Johnson courtesy NASA. © 2012 NASA, Image source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/multimedia/exploration_gallery.html.
Figure 6, “Solar and Beamed Energy Sails,” by Les Johnson courtesy Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency via Japanese Space Forum. © 2012 JAXA. Image source: http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2010/06/20100616_ikaros_e.html. Nonexclusive world reproduction right granted. This use does not explicitly or implicitly convey JAXA’s endorsement of commercial goods, services or any written statements of fact, fiction, or opinion, including the contents of Going Interstellar.
Figure 7, “Solar and Beamed Energy Sails,” by Les Johnson © 2012 Hughes Research Laboratories, LLC. Nonexclusive world reproduction right granted.
Figure 8, “Solar and Beamed Energy Sails,” by Les Johnson © 2012 Les Johnson. Nonexclusive world reproduction right granted.

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