ISLANDS IN THE SKY
BOLD NEW IDEAS FOR COLONIZING SPACE
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From Analog, the leading magazine of science fact and fiction, a roadmap to the space frontierInterstellar travel at the speed of light? Ships that sail through space on plasma winds? 'Terraforming' other planets to make them hospitable for human life? Here, Robert Zubrin, one of the world's foremost astronautic engineers, and Stanley Schmidt, veteran editor of Analog, present the most creative new ideas for the exploration and colonization of space in the 21st century. In this fascinating collection of articles leading aerospace thinkers share their breakthrough ideas--from the hypersonic skyhook to the negative matter space drive--all of which are scientifically plausible. Together they offer an astonishing and exciting vision of the human future in space.Offers the newest ideas from the leading thinkers about the future of space travel Presents concepts that may sound like science but are in fact based firmly in real scienceSTANLEY SCHMIDT, PhD, (New York, New York), is the editor of Analog magazine, for which he has received 16 Hugo Award nominations for Best Professional Editor. ROBERT ZUBRIN, PhD, (Denver, Colorado) is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Space Society and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. His work has been profiled in Air & Space and in a 1994 cover story in Newsweek.