Going Interstellar

Going Interstellar


We have always been a race of lawbreakers. Tell us we can’t cross the Atlantic, or climb Everest, or artificially light our cities at night, or harness the atom, or transplant a human heart, or reach the Moon, and we do it primarily because all logic said we couldn’t.

Now the laws of math and science say that we can’t reach the stars, not even in a generations ship. They’re just too far away, it’ll take too long to get there, it’s too dangerous, you can’t get around Einstein’s equations. And you know what? We’ll break those laws too, just because they’re there and we’re us.  – Hugo Award winning author, Mike Resnick


Icarus Interstellar is all about how we might someday travel to the stars.  Here you’ll find information about Project Icarus, Project Daedulus and now DARPA’s 100 Year Starship.  Chances are, if you are interested in traveling to the stars, you’ve been motivated by reading thought provoking science fiction about interstellar voyages or seen movies that left you with that sense of wonder that accompanies thinking about crossing the abyss that is interstellar space.  Now, these two worlds are about to cross in a new book edited by scientist Les Johnson and science fiction master Jack McDevitt called GOING INTERSTELLAR.

Released May 29 by Baen Books, GOING INTERSTELLAR is a collection of original science fiction stories and popular science essays about interstellar travel and how it might actually happen.  Award winning authors Jack McDevitt, Michael Bishop, Mike Resnick and others spin stories that capture the ‘human’ element of crossing the deepest of space.  Greg Matloff, Richard Obousy and Les Johnson tell the story behind the story in original essays describing some of the propulsion technologies that may someday take us to the stars.

Editor Les Johnson, who happens to work for NASA, managed the Agency’s Interstellar Propulsion Research Project in the early 2000’s – a job from which Les has kept his business cards because “that was the coolest job title in the universe!”  He also believes that the physics of interstellar travel is not only possible, but the engineering to make it happen is inevitable. 

The book’s Table of Contents, with the amazing lineup of world-class authors, is enough to give any science and science fiction fan the sense of wonder that the book endeavors to evoke:

  1. “Choices” by Les Johnson
  2. “A Country For Old Men” by Ben Bova
  3. “Antimatter Starships” by Dr. Gregory Matloff
  4. “Lucy” by Jack Mcdevitt
  5. “Lesser Beings” by Charles E. Gannon
  6. “Fusion Starships” by Dr. Gregory Matloff
  7. “Project Icarus” by Dr. Richard Obousy
  8. “Design Flaw” by Louise Marley
  9. “Twenty Lights To ‘the Land Of Snow’” by Michael Bishop
  10. “Solar And Beamed Energy Sails” by Les Johnson
  11. “The Big Ship And The Wise Old Owl” by Sarah A. Hoyt
  12. “Siren Song” by Mike Resnick


To whet your appetite, Baen has available on their website selected stories from the anthology for online reading: http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/A9781451637786/A9781451637786.htm?blurb

The book is available at your local bookseller or on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Going-Interstellar-Les-Johnson/dp/1451637780/

If you are a teacher and want to use GOING INTERSTELLAR as part of an integrated science and literature curriculum, then Baen prepared a free Teacher’s Guide downloadable from their website just for you:  http://www.baen.com/ya_guides/Going_Interstellar_Teachers_Guide.pdf