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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Wohlforth, Amanda R. Hendrix Narrator: Will Damron Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781524703608
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From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer, a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable.
 
We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as increasingly more entrepreneurs—Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos—are seduced by the commercial potential of human access to space. But Beyond Earth does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel—realities that have hampered NASA’s efforts ever since the Challenger disaster.
 
In Beyond Earth, Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R.Hendrix offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars, but Titan—a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will even be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field—offers the most realistic and thrill­ing prospect of life without support from Earth.

(With 8 pages of color illustrations) 


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Quotes & Awards

  • Planetary scientist Hendrix and writer Wohlforth weave scientific research with fascinating speculation to paint a picture of how and why humankind might spread to other planets….On the whole, the fictional chapters are entertaining, chilling, and put the science in a more human context. The two halves work together to create a striking, reality-based possible future that’s seen through the lens of current knowledge. Publishers Weekly
  • “Highly approachable and enlightening. Signature Reads
  • Refreshing….delightfully different from any other book I’ve ever read by human-spaceflight cheerleaders. The authors have put their thinking caps on and broken out of the usual orthodoxy by presenting cogent ideas on why humans should go into space, including their lovely idea of going to and living on obscure (to most folks) Titan….Mr. Wohlforth and Ms. Hendrix gracefully outline not just the mechanics but the philosophy and morality of human spaceflight in their well-structured book….It is decidedly a book that should be read by anyone intrigued by the possibility and feasibility of a future ‘out there.’ Homer Hickam, The Wall Street Journal
  • “Highly approachable and enlightening. Signature Reads
  • An engaging mind game. It’s hard not to get swept up in the authors’ wide-ranging enthusiasm for space exploration and settlement. They find optimism in some surprising places—even in the gloomy prospects for our current planetary home. Tom Kizzia, author of Pilgrim’s Wilderness
  • Long ago I’d come to doubt that humans might ever leave this planet to homestead another. But this impeccably researched, imaginative, and gracefully written book seized me right from its introduction and kept me rapt to the end, rooting for our future. Beyond Earth is epic science writing, the rare kind that I can’t get out of my mind – or my dreams. Alan Weisman, author of Countdown and The World Without Us
  • Beyond Earth is an important contribution.  It’s a thought-provoking introduction to our unlimited future in the outer solar system and beyond. S. Pete Worden, Executive Director, Breakthrough StarShot, and Former NASA Ames Center Director
  • Beyond Earth goes beyond anything yet written on the subject of space colonization, making clear how what once seemed an adventure is now an urgent necessity. A future human settlement on Titan will keep this book in its library the way early American citizens preserved copies of Common Sense. Thomas Mallon, author of Finale
  • The authors successfully combine a visionary approach to space colonization with the practicalities facing the program now. Their conclusion that NASA should focus on ‘stretch technology,’ leaving the rest to the private sector, is controversial but worthy of serious consideration. A welcome contribution to the ongoing discussion of the future of America’s space program. Kirkus Reviews
     
  • Planetary scientist Hendrix and writer Wohlforth weave scientific research with fascinating speculation to paint a picture of how and why humankind might spread to other planets….On the whole, the fictional chapters are entertaining, chilling, and put the science in a more human context. The two halves work together to create a striking, reality-based possible future that’s seen through the lens of current knowledge. Publishers Weekly
  • Long ago I’d come to doubt that humans might ever leave this planet to homestead another. But this impeccably researched, imaginative, and gracefully written book seized me right from its introduction and kept me rapt to the end, rooting for our future. Beyond Earth is epic science writing, the rare kind that I can’t get out of my mind – or my dreams.  Alan Weisman, author of Countdown and The World Without Us
  • An engaging mind game. It’s hard not to get swept up in the authors’ wide-ranging enthusiasm for space exploration and settlement. They find optimism in some surprising places—even in the gloomy prospects for our current planetary home. Tom Kizzia, author of Pilgrim’s Wilderness

    “This wonderful book imagines the future and, most of all, made me think—a rewarding journey even when I disagreed. As enjoyable as any science fiction, it isn’t fiction, but a fascinating extrapolation of facts leading to a possible future. Everyone should read it.
  • Beyond Earth balances possible futures with a raft of facts on advances in spacecraft technology, robotics and space medicine. Crucially, [Wohlforth and Hendrix] parse the push and pull between cautious governments and gung-ho entrepreneurs, concluding that the two may ultimately add up to a propulsive combination. Nature
     
    Beyond Earth does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel — realities that have hampered NASA’s efforts ever since the Challenger disaster. In Beyond Earth, Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R.Hendrix offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars, but Titan — a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will even be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field —offers the most realistic and thrilling prospect of life without support from Earth.
  • Promising not to offer another ‘wide-eyed technology fantasy,’ Hendrix and Wohlforth dive into the gritty bureaucratic, political, and scientific hoops humans will have to jump through to make life on other planets a reality. The book also delivers its own form of a mic drop with the argument that it is Titan, not Mars, that will eventually serve as Earth’s next frontier. Inverse, Science Books to Read this Fall
  • Well researched, the volume takes the compelling approach of discussing current and planned explorations of the solar system, then projects this work into a future scenario narrative that plays out over segments in each chapter….Written in lay language with clear explanations of planetary research, this offering will appeal to readers of environmental or space topics. Library Journal
     
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About the Narrator

Will Damron is an award-winning audiobook narrator. His narration of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin won an AudioFile Earphones Award, and his co-narration with two other readers of The Sixteen of June by Maya Lang was a finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance. Raised in rural southern Virginia, he has appeared Off-Broadway and on stage and screen throughout the country. He has won a total of four Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration.