A crackling, realistic thriller of intrigue and courage overflowing with cool near-future ideas for a return to the glory days of lunar exploration from the “dream-team” of science fiction writer Travis S. Taylor (also a NASA and DOD consultant) and Les Johnson, Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the NASA—a man who definitely knows whereof he speaks.
The space race is back on. While NASA stages a fiftieth anniversary return to the Moon, a gritty private company puts together its own moonshot, complete with space tourists in tow. Across the globe, the Chinese are determined to arrive first this time. What’s more, they’ll do whatever it takes to win—including stealing every bit of American technology they can pilfer and hack. But just as politics and spectacle threaten to overshadow real accomplishment yet again, something goes horribly wrong on the lunar surface. Now the front-line troops, the astronauts themselves, must put aside the squabbles of others and take fate into their own hands. For it is time to prove that humans are not merely redundant cogs in a vast “lunar delivery process”–but that exploration and adventure in space is humanity’s destiny.
About Travis S. Taylor “[E]xplodes with inventive action.—Publishers Weekly on Travis S. Taylor’s The Quantum Connection.
“[Warp Speed] reads like Doc Smith writing Robert Ludlum. . .You won’t want to put it down”—John Ringo
About Les Johnson: “. . . .Solar Sails. . .convincingly captures the history of. . .solar sails. . .for aerospace students and keen enthusiasts alike.”—Nature
Les Johnson is a physicist and author. With Ben Bova, he is the coauthor of Rescue Mode, and with Travis S. Taylor, he is the coauthor of Back to the Moon and On to the Asteroid. He is the coeditor of the science/science fiction collection Going Interstellar. His first solo novel was Mission to Methone. He was technical consultant for the movies Europa Report and Lost in Space and has appeared on the Discovery Channel series Physics of the Impossible in the “How to Build a Starship” episode. He has also appeared in three episodes of the Science Channel series ExodusEarth. By day, he serves as Solar Sail Principal Investigator of NASA’s first interplanetary solar sail mission and leads research on various other advanced space propulsion technologies at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.