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§ 10.3 Books for Laymen

Dr. John S. Lewis has written a book called Mining the Sky, published in hardback by Addison-Wesley in 1996 for $26. While Dr. Lewis is a leader in the research and development field, this book is written not for technical people but for the general public. Unlike Dr. Lewis' professional work, which focuses on the first steps into space utilizing asteroidal material, this book goes well beyond into humanity's next hundred years. (The link above is a review by John Cserep put up on the Space Frontier Foundation's webpage.)

Dr. John S. Lewis has another book out titled "Space Resources, Breaking the Bonds of Earth", coauthored with his wife, Ruth A. Lewis, and published by Columbia University Press, New York, 1987, ISBN 0-231-06498-5.

The High Frontier, by Dr. Gerard K. O'Neill, is a paperback by Anchor/Doubleday which was a groundbreaking book for laymen written by a leading scientist on space industrialization and colonization using lunar and asteroidal material, originally published in 1977. This paperback with nice illustrations has been reprinted from time to time. You can get a copy through the organization which the late author founded, the Space Studies Institute, P.O. Box 82, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 USA, Tel.: (609) 921-0377, or order it from their website, or via e-mail at

Note: There is another book called High Frontier by Lt. Gen. Daniel O. Graham which is on "Star Wars" U.S. space defense, published around 1980. Do not get the two books confused, as they are on very different topics.

Colonies in Space by Dr. Thomas Heppenheimer, published by Warner Books, Inc., 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10019. Printed in 1978 and 1980 (and maybe again later). Another excellent groundbreaking book for laymen written by a leading scientist from the initial years in the mid-1970s, covering space industrialization and colonization using lunar and asteroidal material. > Research Resources > Layman Books


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