Welcome to the new (and hopefully improved) version of Give Me Space! Some of you may know that Paste Magazine has brought me on board as a weekly space columnist for a column called Space Matter(s). As a result, the focus of this newsletter has to shift a little, as I’m putting the bulk of my space-thinks over there. I hope you enjoy this mix of links, links to my own commentary/analysis, and book recommendations.
This week, I’m reading A Space Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System by Mark Thompson. This is a really fascinating book of space travel and space science framed as such: What would it be like to take a space tour of the solar system? How would you do it? What would you see?
It’s a whirlwind of facts and fascinating details, and Thompson really makes it all come alive around the reader. It’s perfect for the casual reader because there’s no specialized knowledge needed to read it; Thompson tells you everything you need to know. Plus, I love the unique point of view because it provides the chance to give a broad overview without boring people with the really nitty gritty details. Highly, highly recommended.