A crackling, realistic thriller of intrigue and courage overflowing with cool near-future ideas for a return to the glory days of lunar exploration from the “dream-team” of science fiction writer Travis S. Taylor (also a NASA and DOD consultant) and Les Johnson, Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the NASA—a man who definitely knows whereof he speaks.
The space race is back on. While NASA stages a fiftieth anniversary return to the Moon, a gritty private company puts together its own moonshot, complete with space tourists in tow. Across the globe, the Chinese are determined to arrive first this time. What’s more, they’ll do whatever it takes to win—including stealing every bit of American technology they can pilfer and hack. But just as politics and spectacle threaten to overshadow real accomplishment yet again, something goes horribly wrong on the lunar surface. Now the front-line troops, the astronauts themselves, must put aside the squabbles of others and take fate into their own hands. For it is time to prove that humans are not merely redundant cogs in a vast “lunar delivery process”–but that exploration and adventure in space is humanity’s destiny.
About Travis S. Taylor
“[E]xplodes with inventive action.—Publishers Weekly on Travis S. Taylor’s The Quantum Connection.
“[Warp Speed] reads like Doc Smith writing Robert Ludlum. . .You won’t want to put it down”—John Ringo
About Les Johnson:
“. . . .Solar Sails. . .convincingly captures the history of. . .solar sails. . .for aerospace students and keen enthusiasts alike.”—Nature
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About the Author
Dr. Travis S. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past twenty years. His expertise includes advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space based beamed energy systems, future combat technologies, and next generation space launch concepts. Taylor is also the author of pulse-pounding, cutting edge science fiction novels such as the highly-popular One Day on Mars, Tau Ceti Agenda and his ground-breaking Warp Speed series and a regular on the History Channel’s Life After People and The Universe series.
Les Johnson is a NASA physicist and author. By day, he serves as the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In the early 2000s, he was NASA’s Manager for Interstellar Propulsion Research and later managed the In-Space Propulsion Technology Project. He was technical consultant for the movie Lost in Space and has appeared on the Discovery Channel series, “Physics of the Impossible” in the “How to Build a Starship” episode. He has also appeared in three episodes of the Science Channel series Exodus Earth. In his spare time he writes popular science books and articles, including Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel, Living Off the Land in Space: Green Roads to the Cosmos and Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The second race to the moon has begun between America and China, but also trying to beat the big nations to the earth satellite is the private sector firm Space Excursions. NASA selects astronaut Bill Stetson as the mission commander of the first American flight to the moon since Apollo ended four decades ago. Space Excursions CEO Gary Childers selects Paul Gesling to serve as chief pilot of Dreamscape to orbit the moon with wealthy clients. However, during test runs nothing goes right for the Space Excursions flight or with the NASA launch. Bill takes control and soon realizes the same defective circuit board caused the problems; a circuit board made in China. At the same time a malware Trojan horse sends Space Excursions hardware and software information to China. As NASA counts down to the moon launch, China sends a ship into space while the Dreamscape leaves earth with five passengers on board. They soon find a shocker waiting for them that changes NASA's lunar landing plan. The two authors bring their NASA experience to this exiting entertaining space race science fiction thriller. Their background in propulsion technology serves well for this fun thriller as the audience learns much about the science of rocketing into space while also feeling as if we are part of the crew. Though the cast is not as developed beyond heroism, readers will relish this exhilarating Back to the Moon as the space race returns with two new contenders including a private sector entry challenging America for supremacy beyond the troposphere. Harriet Klausner
"Back to the Moon" by Travis Taylor and Les Johnson Review by John Vester Did you like "Apollo 13"? If so, then you will love Taylor and Johnson's "Back to the Moon." This fictional moon rescue mission is fraught with enough technical problems and human drama to keep you on the edge of your crash couch from the book's launch until its successful landing. Written by two aerospace scientists who bring authenticity to every scene, they also deliver some compelling arguments for going back to the moon and for allowing the private sector space efforts to flourish. Knowledgeable space advocacy on top of a gripping fictional adventure. Does it get any better? If human exploration of space is important to you, then this book is for you. If you are up for a McGiver meets Mission Impossible thrill ride, then this book is for you too. Written when the Ares/Orion program was still alive, this book is none-the-less as relevant today as it was then. Taylor and Johnson have created a real winner in "Back to the Moon." Read it, and go back with them.
Feels like heinlein or donald wollheim 50's excitement in the rescue trip