Popular & Technical Books

This page contains a full reference for popular science and technical books published on the subject of interstellar flight.

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Johnson, L., and J. McDevitt, Going Interstellar, Baen, 2012.

Langmuir, C.H., and W. Broecker, How to Build a Habitable Planet, Princeton University Press, revised and expanded second edn, 2012 (first edn, 1985).

Long, K.F., Deep Space Propulsion: A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight, Springer, 2012.

McCray, W.P, The Visioneers, How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future, Princeton University Press, 2012.


Caroti, S., The Generation Starship in Science Fiction: A Critical History, McFarland & Co Inc, 2011.

Davis, P., The Eerie Silence: Searching for Ourselves in the Universe, Penguin Books, 2011.

Dubbs, C., and E. Paat-Dahlstrom, Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight, Prologue, 2011.

Gray, R.H., The Elusive Wow: Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Palmer Square Press, December 2011.

Long, K. F., and P. Galea (editors), Project Daedalus: Demonstrating the Engineering Feasibility of Interplanetary Travel, A British Interplanetary Society Publication, ISBN 978-0-9506597-0-1 90000, April 2011.


Schulze-Makuch, D., and D. Darling, We Are Not Alone: Why We Have Already Found Extraterrestrial Life, Oneworld Publications, 2010.


Millis, M.G., and E.W. Davis (editors), Frontiers of Propulsion Science, Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Volume 227, The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, ISBN 978-1-56347-956-4, 2009.

Myrabo, L.N., and J. S. Lewis, Lightcraft Flight Mannual, Collector’s Guide Publishing Inc; Apogee Books, 2009.


Kaku, M., Physics of the Impossible, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-141-03090-6, 2008.

Vulpetti, G., L. Johnson and G.L. Matloff, Solar Sails, A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel, Praxis Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978-0-387-34404-1, 2008.


Matloff, G.L., Deep Space Probes, to the Outer Solar System and Beyond, second edition, Springer Praxis, ISBN 3-540-24772-6, 2005.


Gilster, P., Centauri Dreams: Imagining & Planning Interstellar Exploration, Copernicus Books, 2004.


Kondo, Y., F.C. Bruhweiler, J. Moore and C. Sheffield (editors), Interstellar Travel and Multi-Generation Space Ships, Apogee Books, 2003.

Parker, B., Alien Life: The Search for Extraterrestrials and Beyond, Basic Books, 2003.


Dyson, G., Project Orion: The Atomic Spaceship 1957-1965, Allen Lane The Penguin Press, 2002.

Webb, S., If the Universe is teaming with Aliens… Where is Everybody? Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life, Praxis Publishing Ltd, 2002.


Hagerty, J., and J.C. Rogers, Spaceship Handbook, Rocket and Spacecraft Designs of the 20th Century: Fictional, Factual and Fantasy, ARA Press, 2001.


Zubrin, R., Entering Space: Creating A Spacefaring Civilization, Tarcher Penguin, 2000.


Lyndl, J.D., Inertial Confinement Fusion: The Quest for Ignition and Energy Gain Using Indirect Drive, Springer, 1998.


Bova, B and A.R.Lewis, Space Travel: A Writer’s Guide to the Science of Interplanetary and Interstellar Travel, Science Fiction Writing Series, Writer’s Digest Books, 1st Edition, March 1997.


Krauss, L.M., The Physics of Star Trek, HarperCollins Publishers, 1996.

Schmidt, S., and R. Zubrin (editors), Islands in the Sky: Bold New Ideas for Colonizing Space, Wiley Popular Science, 1996.

Visser, M., Lorentzian Wormholes, From Einstein to Hawking, AIP Press & Springer, 1996.


Forward, R.L., Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology is Indistinguishable from Magic, Baen Publishing, 1995.

Krauss, L.M., The Physics of Star Trek, Flamingo, 1995


Thorne, K.S., Black Holes and Time Warps, Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy, Norton, 1994.


Miller, R., The Dream Machines: A Pictorial History of the Spaceship in Art, Science and Literature, Krieger Publishing Company, 1993.

Wright, J.L., Space Sailing, Gordon & Breach Science Publishers, 1992 (2nd printing 1993).


Mauldin, J.H.Prospects for Interstellar Travel, American Astronautical Society, 1992.

Wright, J., Space Sailing, Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 1992.


Conlan, R. (series editor), Starbound: Voyager Through the Universe, Time-Life Books, 1991.

Macvey, J.W., Interstellar Travel: Past, Present and Future, Scarborough House Publishers, 1991.


Drexler, K.E., Engines of Creation: the Coming Era of Nanotechnology, Oxford University Press, 1990.


Conlan, R., (series editor), Spacefarers: Voyage Through the Universe, Time-Life Books, 1989.

Mallove, E., and G. Matloff, The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer’s Guide to Interstellar Travel, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1989.

Zubrin, R., Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization, Tarcher Penguin, 1989.


Forward, R. L., How Today’s Science Fiction will Become Tomorrow’s Reality, Avon Books, 1988.

Forward, R.L., Future Magic, Avon Books, 1988.

Forward, R. L., and J. Davis, Mirror Matter: Pioneering, Antimatter Physics, Wiley, 1988.


Sagan, C., Cosmos: The Story of Cosmic Evolution, Science and Civilisation, Abacus, Macdonald & Co Publishers, 1981.


Boyce, C., Extraterrestrial Encounter, A Personal Perspective, David & Charles, 1979.


Nicolson, I., The Road to the Stars, Book Club Associates, 1978.

O’Neill, G.K., The High Frontier, Corgi Books, 1978.

Ridpath, I., Messages from the Stars, Communication and contact with Extraterrestrial Life, Harper & Row Publishers, 1978.


Berry, A., The Iron Sun: Crossing the Universe Through Black Holes, Book Club Associates, 1977.

Macvey, J.W., Interstellar Travel: Past, Present & Future, Scarborough House Publishers, 1977 (2nd printing 1991).


Macvey, J.W., How We Will Reach the Stars (originally published as Journey to Alpha Centauri), Collier Books, 1969.


Shklovskii, I.S., and C. Sagan, Intelligent Life in the Universe, Holden Day, 1966.


Bussard, R.W., and R.D. Delauer, Fundamentals of Nuclear Flight, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1965.

Macvey, J.W., Journey to Alpha Centauri, The Macmillian Company, 1965.

Strong, J, Flight to the Stars, Temple Press Books, 1965.

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