My book Destination Mars: The Story of Our Quest to Conquer the Red Planet is published today. As mentioned a few weeks ago, it’s the first title in a brand new series from Icon Books called Hot Science, edited by Brian Clegg. Brian is one of Britain’s top popular science writers, and he gave me some really helpful pointers on the style and content of the book. Hopefully that means it turned out almost as slick and professional as one of Brian’s own books!
With a list price of just £7.99, Destination Mars is available from all good bookshops, as well the usual online retailers such as Amazon UK and Amazon.com.
To whet your appetite, here is a quick summary of the book’s contents:
- Preface: From Science Fiction to Science Fact
- Chapter 1: The Lure of the Red Planet
Our Solar System neighbour – Another Earth? – The Real Mars
- Chapter 2: How to Get to Mars
Rocket science – Action and reaction – The long way round – Landing on Mars
- Chapter 3: Martian Robots
Fifty years of Mars exploration – Lost in space – Anything a human can do?
- Chapter 4: From a Small Step to a Giant Leap
The race to the Moon – Mars is harder – Risk management
- Chapter 5: Big Plans
Visionaries vs politicians – Mars Direct – One step at a time – Roadmap to Mars
- Chapter 6: Private Enterprise
Commercial space flight – Making life multiplanetary – Human interest
- Chapter 7: Living on Mars
Colonisation – Martian sustainability – Terraforming
- Chapter 8: The New Space Race
The contenders – A wild card – Mars fever
- Recommended Resources
- List of Abbreviations
Icon Books’ Autumn catalogue includes the first two titles in a new series called Hot Science. I’m very pleased (and honoured) that one of these is by me – Destination Mars, pictured above. The other title is Big Data, pictured below, by Brian Clegg.
As the catalogue says, “Hot Science is a new series exploring the cutting-edge of science and technology … for popular science fans who like to go that little bit deeper.”
Here is the back-cover blurb from Destination Mars:
When the Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon in 1969, many people imagined Mars would be next. Half a century later, only robots have been to the Red Planet and our astronauts rarely venture beyond Earth orbit.
Now, Mars is back. With everyone from Elon Musk to Ridley Scott and Donald Trump talking about it, interplanetary exploration is back on the agenda and Mars is once again the prime destination for future human expansion and colonisation.
In Destination Mars, astrophysicist and science writer Andrew May traces the history of our fascination with the Red Planet and explores the science upon which a crewed Mars mission would be based, from assembling a spacecraft in Earth orbit to surviving solar storms. With expert insight he analyses the new space race and assesses what the future holds for human life on Mars.
Destination Mars is published on 6 July 2017, followed by Big Data on 3 August 2017.