10 books about space travel & facts you didn’t know about them


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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams The Martian - Andy Weir Across the Universe - Beth Revis 2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card The Forever War - Joe Haldeman Solaris - Stanisław Lem, Joanna Kilmartin, Steve Cox Titan  - Stephen Baxter The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. Hamilton

Did you know that on May 15th in 1963 launched the final Mercury mission (Mercury-Atlas 9) with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper on board who became the first American to spend more than a day in a space. 1d 10h 19m 49s to be exact. 

 

Thanks to books we don’t need space ships, impressive rockets, time machines, or passports. Travels are inscribed into the book lover’s world changing the simple act of reading into magical hours of traveling.

 

For space travels fans, we’ve prepared a list of 10 books that you could find helpful, or simply enjoyable, during your space exploration time. 

 

 

Title; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams  Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

 Author: Douglas Adams 

 

 Things you didn’t know:

 Originally it was a radio program which was then adapted to various  form, including the book adaptations. The radio series was the first  radio program to receive a Hugo Award nomination, however, it lost to  Superman

 

 US and UK spell the title differently: Hitch-Hiker’s Guide, Hitch Hiker’s  Guide and Hitchhiker’s Guide are used. It is said that Hitchhiker’s    Guide  is the spelling the author preferred. 

 

 

 

The Martian by Andy Weir  Title: The Martian

 Author: Andy Weir  

 

 Things you didn’t know:

 If the author could choose only one book to take with him on Mars, he  would pick Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein. The structure of the  Mars program in the book is very similar to a plan called “Mars Direct”  – a proposal for a manned mission to Mars.

 

 The Martian was at first a self-published paper published on author’s website. Once it became an  online phenomenon, the author received many requests from readers to make it available on Kindle. That’s how it became available on Amazon and in other bookstores. 

 

 

 

Across the Universe by Beth Revis  Title: Across the Universe

 Author: Beth Revis  

 

 Things you didn’t know:

 Across the Universe is author’s debut novel. Now the series is  available in more than twenty languages. The first three books in the  series make up the original trilogy, published by Penguin Books. The  fourth book is a standalone novel set in the same universe, and was  self-published by the author. 

 

 Did you know that a spaceship in the book, Godspeed, is the size of a  small country?

 

 

 

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke  Title: 2001: A Space Odyssey

 Author: Arthur C. Clarke 

 

 Things you didn’t know:

 There are around 88 dialogue-free minutes in the book based movie by  Stanley Kubrick.

 

 Arthur C. Clarke wrote over 100 books but before becoming a writer he  worked in scientific research and as a radar instructor in World War II.  he was a visionary: he predicted satellite communication, space  shuttles, super-fast computers, lightning quick communications and that man would reach the moon. 

 

 

 

 

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey Author: Leviathan Wakes

 Title: James S.A. Corey   

 

 Things you didn’t know:

 James S. A. Corey is a phe pseudonym of Daniel Abraham and Ty    Franck. The title refers to the awakening of the protomolecule and is a  Biblical allusion to the Leviathan, a large sea monster referenced in  the Old Testament.

 

 Leviathan Wakes was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best  Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction  Novel. George R.R. Martin described Leviathan Wakes as a “kickass space opera”. 

 

 

 

 

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card  Title: Ender’s Game

 Author: Orson Scott Card   

 

 Things you didn’t know:

 Ender’s Game was first written and published in 1977 as a short story  in ‘Analog Science Fiction and Fact’. It was a small brief summary of  Ender’s experiences in Battle School and Command School. 

 

 Orson Scott Card is the only author to win both top US prizes of  Science Fiction in consecutive years — his novels “Ender’s Game” and  its sequel “Speaker for the Dead” both won Hugo and Nebula Awards.

 

 

 

 

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman  Title: The Forever War

 Author: Joe Haldeman   

 

 Things you didn’t know:

 The novel inspired a comic book and a board game. Many of  Haldeman’s works were inspired by his experience serving in the  Vietnam War.

 

 The author is interested in astronomy, when he was a  child he said  he’d become an astronaut when he grow up. He  received B. S. in  astronomy and MFA in creative writing. 

 

Joe Haldeman  won a poker tournament in Nassau in 1989.

 

 

 

Solaris by Stanisław Lem Title: Solaris

 Author: Stanisław Lem

 

 Things you didn’t know:

 Lem studied medicine, and later he married a medical doctor and  radiologis Barbara Lesniak. Although, Stanislaw Lem received a  certificate of completion of medical studies, he refused to take the last  exams in order to avoid a career of a  military doctor.

 

 „Solaris” is the most famous of Lem’s novels. It is is one of Lem’s  philosophic explorations of man’s anthropomorphic  limitations. Solaris  is the best-known of Lem’s English-translated  works.

 

 

 

Titan by Stephen Baxter  Title:  Titan

 Author: Stephen Baxter 

 

 Things you didn’t know:

 Stephen Baxter has degrees in mathematics, engineering, and in  business administration. He completed a PhD in aeronautical  engineering but it wasn’t for him. He applied to become a cosmonaut in  1991 –  but fell at an early hurdle.

 

 His favorite color is red. 

 

 

 

 

 The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton  Title: The Reality Dysfunction

 Author: Peter F. Hamilton  

 

 Things you didn’t know:

 The cover artist, Jim Burns, has been called one of the Grand  Masters  of the science fiction art world. 

 

 The author asked whether he would prefer to live in the Confederation  universe or Commonwealth universe he answers: Confederation. It  seems a bit wilder. 

 

 Hamilton’s favorite cheese is smoked Lincolnshire poacher. His favorite type of wine is Sancerre and his favorite beer is Hoegaarden.

 

The author asked about all time best SF books that would appeal to NON SF readers, points to: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry AugustStation eleven, and The Everness series.

    

 

 

 

 

Did your favorite title make to the list? Share your favorite space books in the comments below 🙂

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Mercury

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http://www.andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-hc

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http://www.biography.com/people/arthur-c-clarke-9249620#synopsis

http://www.danielabraham.com/

http://expanse.wikia.com/wiki/Leviathan_Wakes

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/may/14/enders-game-scott-card-review

http://www.joehaldeman.com/

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http://www.peterfhamilton.co.uk/

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