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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading, but a little far fetched, 6 Sep 1999
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This review is from: Islands in the Sky: Bold New Ideas for Colonizing Space: Bold New Ideas for Colonizing Space - From the Supersonic Skyhook to the Negative Matter Space Drive (Wiley popular science) (Paperback)
Zubrin makes a very good example of how it could be done. The snag is, that he reaches so far in the future, that it is impossible to imagine it as anything else than science fiction. I would have prefered to have some ideas developed about the colonization of the outer solar system. On the other side, the section about Oort cloud settlements has been thrilling. All in all, it's a very good book and certainly worth the investment buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide to the future currently out., 11 Mar 2000
This review is from: Islands in the Sky: Bold New Ideas for Colonizing Space: Bold New Ideas for Colonizing Space - From the Supersonic Skyhook to the Negative Matter Space Drive (Wiley popular science) (Paperback)
Zubrin and co. give their views on the possibilities for the colonisation of space - from terraforming Mars to travelling to the stars - and, unusually for a popular-science text, aren't afraid of giving you the maths behind the predictions. Essential reading for everyone remotely interested in the future.
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