The Relativistic Rocketeer
About the Book
Volume 20 provides an initial eclectic mix of interesting starship propulsion concepts. The great bulk of the book includes very speculative content on the applications of nuclear explosions for powering spacecraft. Accordingly, speculative content is provided regarding the notions of space-time manipulation and higher dimensional effects of enhanced nuclear explosive thermodynamic gradients. The book does not so much as explain how such effects would come about but does provide much content on the axiomatic definitions and formulations on which to base future theoretical considerations and perhaps even empirical studies.
About the Author
My infatuation with manned space exploration began early in grade school, fueled by the Apollo Space Program and lunar landings and the promise of manned missions to distant planets in the not-so-distant future. It seemed as though by the 1980s, we would definitely be sending humans on Martian exploratory missions. My interest in manned space travel waned a bit during the late 1970s through the mid-1990s, but picked up again after I had read a book on real world potential interstellar travel methods based mainly on known and well established physics.