Star Talk: Everything You Ever
Need to Know About Space
Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race,
the Universe, and Beyond
Neil deGrasse Tyson. National Geographic, Sept.
This companion volume to Tyson’s popular podcast and National Geographic
Channel TV show of the same name compiles highlights from the show, quotes from guests including
Dan Aykroyd and Bill Nye, and science facts presented in a
lighthearted way, along with illustrations and photography.
Welcome to the Universe:
An Astrophysical Tour
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Strauss,
and J. Richard Gott. Princeton Univ., Oct.
This sweeping educational book by a
trio of astrophysicists covers the same
ground as the introductory class the
authors taught at Princeton: stars,
planets, black holes, and the expansion
of the universe.
New books consider
the past, present,
and future of space
Mars: Our Future on the
Leonard David. National
This companion to the National
Geographic Channel’s Mars series
combines science with art and
photography for a comprehensive
picture of Mars and the potential
for human exploration of the planet.
A Space Traveler’s Guide to
the Solar System
Mark Thompson. Pegasus, Nov.
British astronomer Thompson gives
a guided tour of a hypothetical
human journey through our solar
system, providing detailed descriptions of the experience of flight in
On July 4, NASA’s Juno probe reached Jupiter’s orbit, marking only the most recent milestone in ongoing efforts to bring space travel down to Earth. Astronauts now have Twitter accounts and robots routinely explore the surface of Mars, so it’s not surprising that an asteroid belt’s worth of books on the cosmos is set to hit stores in the next year.
Readers new to the subject will find accessible introductory volumes, including
two by rock star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. (For our q&a with Tyson, go
to publishersweekly.com/degrasseqa.) Several titles delve into the centuries-old
history of stargazing, while others, aimed at modern-minded astro-ficionados,
cover current and future exploration missions, astronaut memoirs, and speculations
about where human spaceflight may be headed.
There are even science-based books covering astrobiology, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the possibilities for what such life might be like— for those pining
for the glory days of The X-Files. In other words, there’s plenty of space—and books
on it—for everyone.