Science Fiction > Space Exploration

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    The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A. E. van Vogt

An episodic novel filled with surprises and provocative ideas, this is the story of a great exploration ship sent out into the unknown reaches of space on a long mission of discovery. They encounter several terrifying alien species, including the Ix, who lay their eggs in human bodies, which then devour the humans from within when they hatch. This is one of the most entertaining and gripping stories in all of classic SF.

Year: 1950
Genre: Space Exploration

    Time For The Stars by Robert A. Heinlein

With over-population stretching the resources of Earth, the need to find and colonize other Terra-type planets is becoming crucial to the survival of the human race. But finding these planets is time-consuming and very costly. Tom and Pat are recruited by LRF to become the human transmitters and receivers for the mission. But there is a catch: during the course of the mission, while one of them stays behind and grows old, on Earth, the other will be traversing the stars, and--if he survives--will return a young man.

Year: 1956
Genre: Action & Adventure SFSpace Exploration

    Have Sace Suit Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein

From the mind of the storyteller who has captured the imagination of readers from around the world and across generations comes this classic work of science fiction. First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authentic space suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell won it, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own to the stars.

Year: 1958
Genre: Action & Adventure SFSpace Exploration

    2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

An essential member of your crew is Hal, the electronic, almost-human brain that ceaselessly guides your course. On the Earth colonized Moon, deep in the crater Tycho, a discovery has been made that has shattered the human concept of the universe. You are journeying towards something. You do not know what it is. You only know it has been waiting for man to find it for four million years.

Year: 1968
Genre: Science FictionSpace Exploration

    Nova by Samuel R. Delany

In the grandest manner of speculative fiction, Nova is a wise and witty classic that casts a fascinating new light on some of humanity's oldest truths and enduring myths.

Year: 1968
Genre: Space ExplorationSpace Opera

    Gateway by Frederik Pohl

Seeded among the stars are troves of valuable artifacts left behind by the enigmatic, long-vanished alien race called the Heechee. For the right price, anyone can climb aboard one of the abandoned Heechee spaceships, castoff on an autopilot voyage to parts unknown, and take a chance on finding wealth . . . or facing death.

Year: 1977
Genre: Alien ContactScience FictionSpace Exploration

    In the Ocean of Night by Gregory Benford

2034. An indistinguishable sound is heard from the depths of space and one member of the search and survey team, Nigel, believes he knows its origins. 15 years earlier, he was the astronaut sent to implode a firey comet as it hurtled toward the Asian subcontinent. Once inside the fissure he made an unlikely discovery: an abandoned alien ship.

Year: 1977
Genre: Alien ContactHard SFSpace Exploration

    2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

Nine years after the disastrous Discovery mission to Jupiter in 2001, a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition sets out to rendezvous with the derelict spacecraft; to search the memory banks of the mutinous computer HAL 9000 for clues to what went wrong . . . and what became of Commander Dave Bowman.

Year: 1982
Genre: Space Exploration

    Across the Sea of Suns by Gregory Benford

2076: Technology has propelled the world into a new age of enlightenment. Nigel (from In the Ocean of Night) has left Earth to explore space for alien life. But while on this captivating mission, humanity's birthplace has fallen prey to attack and its seas are seeded with alien lifeforms.

Year: 1984
Genre: Hard SFSpace Exploration

    The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke

Just a few islands in a planetwide ocean, Thalassa was a veritable paradise--home to one of the small colonies founded centuries before by robot Mother Ships when the Sun had gone nova and mankind had fled Earth. Mesmerized by the beauty of Thalassa and overwhelmed by its vast resources, the colonists lived an idyllic existence, unaware of the monumental evolutionary event slowly taking place between their seas. . . .

Year: 1986
Genre: Space Exploration

 

 

Titles

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1950The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A. E. van Vogt Space Exploration
1956Time For The Stars by Robert A. Heinlein Action & Adventure SF, Space Exploration, Heinlein's Juveniles
1958Have Sace Suit Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein Action & Adventure SF, Space Exploration, Heinlein's Juveniles
19682001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke Science Fiction, Space Exploration, A Space Odyssey
1968Nova by Samuel R. Delany Space Exploration, Space Opera
1977Gateway by Frederik Pohl Alien Contact, Science Fiction, Space Exploration, Heechee
1977In the Ocean of Night by Gregory Benford Alien Contact, Hard SF, Space Exploration, Galactic Center Saga
19822010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke Space Exploration, A Space Odyssey
1984Across the Sea of Suns by Gregory Benford Hard SF, Space Exploration, Galactic Center Saga
1986The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke Space Exploration
19872061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke Hard SF, Space Exploration, A Space Odyssey
1989Tides of Light by Gregory Benford Hard SF, Space Exploration, Galactic Center Saga
1991The Garden of Rama by Arthur C. Clarke Alien Contact, Space Exploration, Rama
1993Rama Revealed by Arthur C. Clarke Space Exploration, Rama
1993The Hammer of God by Arthur C. Clarke Space Exploration
19973001 the Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke Hard SF, Space Exploration, A Space Odyssey
2005The Sunborn by Gregory Benford Hard SF, Space Exploration, Adventures of Victor & Julia, Mars
2011The Martian by Andy Weir Science Fiction, Space Exploration, Mars
2021Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Action & Adventure SF, Space Exploration, Whats New

 

 

 


 

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