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Spaceships: An Illustrated History of the Real and the Imagined Hardcover – 18 Oct 2016

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books; 01 edition (2 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588345777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588345776
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 2.5 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Space really is our final frontier, and mankind has been figuring out how to get there for a long, long time. With this new book, Smithsonian has published a heavily illustrated (the only pages without illustrations are the index!) compendium of all things related to human space flight. Combining actual history with speculation and viewing it from a very international perspective, Miller's book does an excellent job of presenting the topic from our collective imagination (Star Trek, Star Wars, and Buck Rogers) as well as from reality (Apollo, Mir Space Station, and the space shuttle). It will be enjoyed equally by history buffs, science-fiction fans, and scientists.

Miller's new work is a beautiful picture book of real spacecraft, spacecraft currently under development, and other spacecraft that have been imagined or presented in literature, film, and other forms of art. The book follows a chronological order with development--beginning with the "dreamers," dating back to Copernicus and Galileo, and continuing all the way through future missions that have yet to take flight. Along with real spacecraft, Miller mixes in imaginary visions conceived by the likes of Jules Verne, Walt Disney, and Gene Roddenberry. The book includes many obscure drawings, photographs, and sketches from a wide variety of individuals; these show how the visionaries that created these images helped influence the scientists and engineers who play significant roles in developing actual spacecraft. Overall, this book is appropriate for a general audience, especially those individuals interested in spaceships. This book has the potential to influence the next generation of rocket scientists.

About the Author

RON MILLER is an artist and author who specializes in writing and illustrating books on astronomy, astronautics, and science fiction. He has served on the faculty at the International Space University, as contributing editor for Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine, and as art director for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Albert Einstein Planetarium.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews
Forrest S. Wood
2.0 out of 5 starsSkinny font on patterned paper makes text nearly unreadable to my fifty year old eyes.
6 December 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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13 people found this helpful.
Dr. Hogan
3.0 out of 5 starsGreat Content - Impossible to read the font used!
19 April 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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4 people found this helpful.
Frank Henriquez
5.0 out of 5 starsThe text isn't just secondary to the pictures and greatly adds to the enjoyment of the book
6 January 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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4 people found this helpful.
Daniel Waltimire
4.0 out of 5 starsI would really like to have given this book five stars
21 November 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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5 people found this helpful.
Lee E. Staton
5.0 out of 5 starsBest and most beautiful book on the subject of spaceships
27 December 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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3 people found this helpful.

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