The Complete Book of Outer Space – Part 10 of 14

Interstellar Flight

This installment was written by Leslie R. Shepherd, then technical director of the British Interplanetary Society.  It is a very interesting piece, as many of the challenges and much of the science haven’t changed a lot in the intervening years.  Distance and time being the two major considerations along with possible methods of propulsion to help overcome these issues.
A couple of the observations within reminded me of Brian Aldiss’ novel Non-Stop, A.E. van Vogt’s short story ‘Far Centarus’ in Men Against the Stars and another Gnome Press book Starman’s Quest by Robert Silverberg.

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I don’t know what the next chapter is, I’m in New Zealand at present and this book isn’t.  You’ll have to wait a couple of weeks to find out…

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