Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. x, 289,  pages. Index. Preface by Senator Harrison H. Schmitt. Signed by author on title page. Ink notation inside front cover. DJ has wear, soiling, edge tears and chips. Benjamin William "Ben" Bova (born November 8, 1932) is an American writer. He is the author of more than 120 works of science fact and fiction, he is six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog Magazine, a former editorial director of Omni; he was also president of both the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. Bova worked as a technical writer for Project Vanguard in the 1950s and later for the Avco Everett Research Laboratory in the 1960s. when they conducted research in lasers and fluid dynamics. In 1972, Bova became editor of Analog Science Fact & Fiction, after John W. Campbell's death in 1971. At Analog, Bova won six Hugo Awards for Best Professional Editor. After leaving Analog in 1978, Bova went on to edit Omni, from 1978 to 1982. Bova holds the position of President Emeritus of the National Space Society. Derived from a Kirkus review: Ben Bova is both a science-fiction and a science writer, and he's also worked for aerospace companies. He can review America's and Russia's space programs with cogency and accuracy. Bova would like to woo the environmentalists and liberals to the space cause. There is an air of manifest destiny about his stance--space is there for us free enterprise ones to exploit; so let's go get the gold and silver and power out. It must also be noted that Bova is fun to read on the feasibility of burning hydrogen gas in our cars right now; on the potential of magnetohydrodynamic sources of energy; on the promise--and problems--of Solar Power Satellites that would beam microwaves at huge earth-based antennas. He does not omit the possible hazards of microwaves, nor the danger of military takeovers of peacetime space stations. Probably the most telling argument in the book is that civilians ought to be exercising as much power and control over the uses of space as they can; if they don't, space will be totally lost to the military. Condition: Very good / Good.
Keywords: Space Exploration, Space Race, Nuclear Power, Hydrogen Fuel, Solar Power Satellites, Space Colonization, Apollo Program, NASA, Lunar Landing, Astronautics, Space Shuttle