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The Starflight Handbook: The Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel [Eugene Mallove and Gregory Matloff, 1989] (hardcover)
Eugene Mallove and Gregory Matloff
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274 pgs, 1984, John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 978-0471619123

Mallove and Matloff describe the basics and various proposed modes of spaceflight in nontechnical text, with the math and technical material delegated to sidebars and appendices. They tackle scientific topics such as nuclear pulse propulsion and interstellar navigation without losing sight of human elements -- historical, social and cultural perspectives.The illustrations include both scientific and artistic drawings.


  1. Introduction to Starflight
  2. Objectives of Interstellar Missions
    1. Rocket Propulsion for Interstellar Flight
      1. Nuclear Pulse Propulsion
        1. Beamed Energy Propulsion
          1. Solar Sail Starships: Clipper Ships of the Galaxy
            1. Fusion Ramjets
              1. Interstellar Ion Scoops
                1. Other Novel Advanced Propulsion Concepts
                  1. Interstellar Trajectories
                    1. The Interstellar Medium
                      1. Starship Navigation and Visual Effects in Relativistic Flight
                        1. Starflight Between Fact and Fancy
                          1. Suspended Animation, Hibernation, and Hypothermia
                            1. Scientific Payloads
                              1. Detecting Extrasolar Planets
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