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Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets and Planets (Helix Books) Hardcover – 25 Feb 1997


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  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Perseus Books (25 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201479591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201479591
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,610,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John S. Lewis, author of Rain of Iron and Ice, is professor of planetary sciences and codirector of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Arizona-Tucson. He has chaired international conferences on space resources and is a globally recognized expert on the subject. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The age of exploration in which we live commenced (or so we are told) about the year 1419 with the first true European voyage of exploration, a Portuguese expedition to the Madeira Islands. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Nov 1998
Format: Paperback
I was eagerly anticipating reading this book, and it was okay when I began, and there are many good, interesting, and even exciting ideas throughout the book. However, for some reason, I kept coming away from a reading of the book with a sort of "flat" almost bored feeling. The author himself, I support totally (especially in his involvement in the SpaceDev companies plans for "commercial space development"). I would still recommend this book to anyone intersted in space, and especially commercial development of space (esp. of course in relation to asteroids, etc.), my own feelings on reading the book nonwithstanding. Almost certainly good for those looking for expert sources, research, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By markacu@thenewfrontiers.co.uk on 18 Feb 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a pretty comprehensive look at ways in which the resources of entire solar system can be harvested rather than many other books which focus exclusively on Mars or the Moon. The explanations are pretty good, requiring no more than a basic understanding of chemistry and physics and the ideas in the book will inspire almost anyone who is unsure of the value of space. My only criticism is that although the content is very good, the style of writing can be a little uninspiring and the short stories which preceed each chapter can be a little lame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Eyon on 28 July 2007
Format: Paperback
A short way into this book, I went to the back of the book to see if the author is a journalist or a real scientist. That's because it was so well written. He's a scientist alright. And, it wasn't long before I encountered the dense exposition I expected.

So, there's a dusting of light reading, especially the scifi scenes that serve as introductions to each chapter. The craftsmanship of those would make a professional scifi writer envious.

Then there's the info-packed core of each chapter. My chemistry and astrophysics is practically non-existant and I couldn't keep up, but I got the gist of it. I still appreciated the effort to explain things. Other authors would skip the explanation and merely state the conclusion. That would leave me wondering how trustworthy that statement was.

In the end, I felt I had a good overview of how the future might take shape.

I should warn you of that, at the start of the book, the author presents a version of 15th century Chinese explorations (he doesn't mention the name 'Zheng He') that is a little shakey historically. But blaming "the court eunuchs" makes too good a metaphor to let that get in the way. However, for a couple chapters at the end of the book he turns preachy -- essentially labelling dissenters from expansion into space as "court eunuchs", then disassociating himself from the political left and right by sloppily redefining their positions. I guess he couldn't trust us to make our own way thru political thickets. Fortunately, the just-the-facts bulk of the book make up for these few tantrums.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan 1998
Format: Paperback
Mr. Lewis, Professor of Planetery Science at the University of Arizona knows his stuff when it comes to outer space and its natural resources and how to economically get there and how to make a profit from them.
Readers will be amazed at the enormous wealth that lies within just a few short Astro-Units from Earth.
The comment from Space News is that the book is "mind stretching" and it certainly is. The book is a real page turner and the technical stuff is easy and fun to understand.
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