Five books to keep up with the ongoing space revolution
SpaceX have quickly transformed our idea of what we thought was possible in space. We are already living in the future with reusable rockets, hundreds of satellite launches every month, and plans for conquering the Moon and Mars no longer looking far-fetched.
Are you ready to take a small peek at the exciting future ahead? Here are five modern books on the space revolution and where it could possibly take us.
Ashley Vance is the renowned author of the Elon Musk biography, which I enormously enjoyed. While Musk enjoys most of the fame, hype, and media attention, dozens of other companies making significant progress in the industry. These include Planet Labs, Astra, Rocket Lab, among others. I highly recommend this book for the most current insights into the industry and the people who are building it.
Robert Zubrin, author of "The Case for Mars", is the man who influenced Musk's pursuit of Mars. Zubrin's vision for space is both bold and unique. I appreciate how this book dives straight into what is the most important: economics. If we are serious about space, we must exponentially increase the number of rocket launches. This underscores the importance of making rockets more affordable—much, much more affordable. We need reusable rockets, thousands of launches per day, and healthy competition to truly build a space economy.
A City on Mars: Can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through? by Weinersmith, Kelly, Weinersmith, Zach
The book has not been published yet at the time I'm writing this, but I can't imagine it turning out poorly. I expect it to have the same vibe as their previous best-seller, "Soonish": a great sense of humor combined with profound expertise. OK, yes, I promise to actually come back and write a proper review, when the book is out.
Elon Musk by Isaacson, Walter
Sorry folks, I know you are tired of him, but Musk is unavoidable when we talk about the modern space industry. Walter Isaacson, the renowned author, penned this latest biography. The best thing about this book is that it offers a glimpse behind the curtain, and reveals many details about recent events, like the first (semi-successful) launch of the Starship and Twitter/X acquisition.