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How to Build Your Own Spaceship: The Science of Personal Space Travel [Hardcover]

Piers Bizony
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1 May 2008
Boldly going where no pop-sci book has gone before, this is an exploration of the coming reality of personal space travel - for anyone who wanted to be an astronaut when they grew up.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd; First Edition edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846271258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846271250
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 21.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,334,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even casual popular science readers will be hard pressed not to find some fascination within these pages... A compulsive read. -- Big Issue

He writes with the easy tone you'd want to hear from your space pilot.
-- The Times

If a space revolution really is on the way, this book is an engaging way of getting up-to-speed.
-- BBC Focus

[A] fascinating eulogy to space travel. -- Guardian

About the Author

PIERS BIZONY has written widely about science, film, history and space. His book The Man Who Ran the Moon tells the story of James E. Webb, the brilliant yet controversial administrator who led NASA as it reached for the moon. Bizony has recently completed Atom, a major tie-in book for a BBC series, about the ideas and personalities that shaped modern quantum theory. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - no pictures 4 Feb 2009
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This is a very interesting and informative book about how you could get into the space industry. It describes the problems and pitfalls of sub-orbital, orbital and interplantery spaceflight, and how some of these problems have been solved. It's an easy read (no maths or physics needed), and focusses on the practical (How do you go to the toilet in space?) and business side of things (attacting customers for your sub-orbital flights). It would have got 5 stars except there are no pictures or diagrams in this book. I would have loved to have seen at least a few diagrams explaining some of the ideas, and perhaps photos of the many historical events/planes/spaceships referenced in the book.

If you have any interest in spaceflight, and what companies are doing right now - buy this book - you will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read all about it - how to fly in space 23 Feb 2013
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It is absolutely amazing toi read such an in dept analysis of the whole business around space flights. Easy to understand English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing and Brilliant Narration 4 Nov 2011
This review is for the audiobook version.

The book does exactly what it says on the tin. It wriiten in a conversational style that is accessible to anyone. It is not the least bit dry or stuffy and the author tales a few wry digs at politicans and beaurocracy. I really like like the style of writing and find it refreshing.
You don't need to be a space or science geek to enjoy the book. I'll definitely be looking at further titles by the same author, I particulary fancy the new book due for release in Jan 2012.

The narrator on the audiobook version is very good, unlike a lot of of monotone authors who narrate their own audiobooks
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