Space Books &
Magazines Looking for a good space read
Who needs a space elevator when we can reach orbital
altitude just by stacking up all those space books written
in the past 50 years. Yet, somehow there are still plenty
of new good ones going on the stack every day.
Here we present some space magzines, book stores, space
book lists, and sites dedicated to special topics
such as space collectibles
and space history.
I also include some miscellaneous titles that I find
of particular interest.
There exist only a few magazines aimed
at the general public about space exploration and development.
They are mostly affiliated with space
activist organizations, usually published bi-monthly
or quarterly, and none are very large. (See About
HobbySpace for the local explanation for this.)
Nevertheless, the magazines listed below
provide lots of great articles, news updates, historical
data, and more on government and commercial space projects.
The activist affiliated magazines also give updates
on what's happening with the organizations.
Dwayne Day reviews of a selection of space news
Great magazine for the space buff. Includes news updates,
detailed day-by-day descriptions of recent shuttle flights
and ISS logs, lots of space history, and more. Level
ranges from general to semi-technical.
Occasionally found at the larger newsstands in Europe
but seldom in the US. Some university aerospace libraries
The NSS is dedicated to creating a "space faring
society", so the magazine empahsizes topics related
to human spaceflight. Each issue typically follows a
given theme, e.g. space tourism, with several articles
by different authors. The level is non-technical.
Subscription comes with membership.
"A Magazine Covering Commercial Space, Space Policy,
Military Space & Other Timely Topics"
- SpaceRef Press
"All About Space delves into the wonders of space
exploration, astronomy and space science every month,
providing in-depth knowledge from a team of experts
on an amazing array of topics. The magazine is unlike
any other, and will appeal to seasoned space fans and
new explorers alike, with a regular dose of amazing
articles, exclusive interviews and jaw-dropping images
that will make each issue simply unmissable. The magazine
also features a regular stargazing section that aims
to make astronomy accessible to everyone, with a host
of instruction articles from how to buy a telescope
to finding objects in the night sky."
A newsletter that deals with "the opening of
the Lunar frontier, suggesting how pioneers can make
best use of local resources. Some of the points made
will relate specifically to pioneer life in the lunar
environment." Peter Koch has edited MMM since it
started in 1986. MMM
"..Mars Exploration, Space Travel, Planetary
Missions, JPL, Mission Control, NASA, Astronomy, Astronautics,
Science, Astrophysics, Spaceflight dynamics, the History
of space research, manned missions, planetary studies,
satellite technologies, man-machine interaction, effects
of cosmic radiation, colonization, rocketry & rockets,
shuttles and space stations, interstellar probes,
and much more."
They also publish the proceedings of the Mars society.
- Astronautics Books Microcosm
is a rocket
company that has a bookstore on the side (or a bookstore
that builds rockets on the side!) The bookstore provides
a wide range of space related books and offer several
ways to search for the book, author or subject of interest.
Other Space Book
Stores & Publishers
Many of the general space stores listed in the Shopping
section also sell space books.
Special Report Catalog - Amazon - World Spaceflight
News provides this list of government space publications
not usually available at bookstores. These include
NASA and Russian training manuals, shuttle procedure
handbooks, shuttle mission reports, history papers,
Collect classic space books such as
the famous1950's introductory books about spaceflight
from Wernher von Braun, Arthur C. Clarke, Willy Ley
and others. There are also many technical books of historical
"Turning Point breaks down how space
exploration and development can solve many of
the key issues we face today in America, such
as employment, education, the environment, energy,
and international relations. The future of humanity
is its exploration of the stars."
October; 176 pages; 150 full color illustrations)
by Art Program Founder James Dean and Program Curator
Bertram Ulrich. Amazon
In the Stream of Stars : The Soviet-American
Space Art Book
William K. Hartmann et.al. - 1991 - present a broad
sampling of both American and Soviet/Russian space
Visions of Space
By David A.
Hardy with a forword by Arthur C. Clarke this
book traces the history of space art and displays
the work of 75 artists. Published by Paper Tiger/Dragon's
Hardyware: The Art of David A. Hardy
The Art of Chesley Bonestell
By Ron Miller and Frederick C. Durant
Apollo: An Eyewitness Account by Astronaut/Explorer
Alan Bean with Andrew Chaikin.
PUPNIKS: The Story of Two Space Dogs
by Ruth Lubka - (Marshall
Cavendish, 2003) ISBN 0761451374 - "[Pupniks]
tells the story of Belka and Strelka, whose flight
and earth orbit in 1960 paved the way for Gagarin's
flight one year later. For very young children
(4-7), PUPNIKS includes photos of the dogs and
facts about other animal astronauts, as well as
info about Krushchev's gift of Strelka's pup Pushinka
to JFK in 1961. For more info, see www.marshallcavendish.com.
of the Space Raceby Russell Still
Now in its 2nd ed., this book gives a history of the
space program in the first half of the book and then
the second half provides a guide to space collectibles.
251 pages, softcover, PR Products, Roswell, Ga. Review
at Science Book Board.
Medallions: Fact and Fiction by Howard Weinberge
History of the gold and silver commemorative mediallions
produced by the Robbins Company for all astronauts from
Apollo 7 to the shuttle flights. The medallions were
flown as mementos by the astronauts and then kept as
souveniers for family and friends.
The existence of the medallions was not publicized
by NASA. Howard Weinberge offers the first complete
history of the medallions and corrects various myths
High Power Rocketry
Created for the adult enthusiast, each issueof High Power Rocketry comes
with great model designs and instructionals, reviews of the latest equipment
and technology and profiles of the people who share in your love of rocketry.
Air & Space
Smithsonian's Air and Space Magazine offers fascinating articles about
aviation history, events and personalities.
Analog Science Fiction & Fact
Analog Science Fiction and Fact contains compelling, hard-to-put-down futuristic
sci-fi stories and scientific features.