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Space by James A. Michener

Space (original 1982; edition 1983)

by James A. Michener

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Authors:James A. Michener
Info:Fawcett Books (1983), Edition: 1ST, Paperback
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Thick and thin... 800 pages thick but thin everywhere else. Michener didn't seem to know when to end the book, despite many opportunities. Still, I was always enthralled with the Apollo program and NASA, so the backdrop adds a star to the rating.

I wonder what Michener would have thought of some of his more disturbing story elements coming true. The country heading backward into the dark ages, science losing to ignorance, NASA becoming inconsequential...sad. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
  cookierooks | Nov 16, 2016 |
Interesting sci fi references
  ITProf | Feb 9, 2014 |
Delightful historical fiction from beginning to end. Michener brought the issues and inner workings from early rockets to space shuttle to debates on evolution, the glam and the tragedy. This is a good read for NASA buffs. ( )
  pre20cenbooks | Apr 20, 2013 |
I'd never read any Michener before. For some reason I thought he was supposed to be a brilliant writer, one of the giants of American literature.

My mistake! Space was surprisingly dull, and not at all well-written. Simply put, it plodded. It's a fictionalized story of the space program, with some references to some actual astronauts thrown in - plus a fictionalized US state, which was one of two things which stuck in my memory from the book.

The other thing was a rather nasty assessment of golden age science fiction writers, all of whom (I'm sorry to say) were more talented writers than Mr. Michener.

Space had the feel of one of those potboilers that sits on the New York Times best-seller list for many weeks...something written for the lowest common denominator. It wasn't awful, mind you, just dull and awkward. Shogun, which I'd put in the same general class of "giant best-sellers" is far better written than Space. ( )
  PMaranci | Apr 3, 2013 |
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This is a novel and to construe it as anything else would be a mistake. The Mott, Grant, Pope, and Kolf families are based upon no real prototypes. The Solid Six group of astronauts did not exist, nor was there any Gemini 13 or Apollo 18.
However, the great NASA bases, the Patuxent River experience, the battle operations in Korea and the general activities of the astronauts are realistically presented.
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On 24 October 1944 the planet Earth was following its orbit about the sun as it has obediently done for nearly five billion years.
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Space. It is the object of dreams and daring of countless men and women who have made it the last, great frontier of human endeavor. James Michener has brought the human touch to that exciting exploration by bringing to life six men and women. Their dedication to the space experience defines its complexities and fascination as no other writer can.

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Engineer Stanley Mott, astronomy student John Pope, naval hero Norman Grant, and rocket engineer Dieter Kolff serve as principals in the forty-year history of America's space program and share the complex drama with numerous others.

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