[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Space-Warfare-Strategy-Principles-Policy/dp/0415407966/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207622023&sr=1-2"]Space Warfare, Strategy, Principles, and Policy[/ame] by John J. Klein
I'm reading "The Emotion Machine" by Marvin Minsky, a book about AI and the mind. And I'm taking "Ringworld" by Larry Niven on a trip this week because it's a classic I never read. Taking a few other books too (8 day UK trip). I guess I read a lot (137 "books" posts on my blog, but 185 "Orbiter" posts - guess I write a lot too).
I am (re)reading First Contact by Murray Leinster.
A great first contact story involving two starships meeting coincidentialy inside the crab nebula after documenting it's developement for 4000 years via faster than light travel.
As usual for me, a big pile of books...switch to a new one when I get tired of the one I'm on.
The Case for Mars, Zubrin (quite a slog, though lots of vitalstatistics)
China's Space Program, Brian Harvey
Curious George, H.A. Rey
Dragonfly, Bryan Burrough (very interesting...about MIR and NASA during the early days of Russian / US cooperation in space. Yet surprisingly downbeat.)
Just finished a good one: To a Distant Day, by Gainor. Survey of rocket development and the driving personalities, from Tsiolkovsky to the Manned moon landing. This one's pretty new, and I had been searching for a survey on the topic rather than focused biographies of individuals such as von Braun, Korolev, Glushko, et. al.
Finished the Scarecrow and his servant and am now reading Science Instruction in the Middle and Seconary Schools by Chiappetta and Koballa. Yawn... :study:Oh well.. I'll get that teaching degree some day.
I just finished Rendezvous with Rama (very good, although the anti-climax at the end means that I won't be able to rest until I've read the rest of the series), and I'm about to start Destination: Void.
The Case for Mars is a good book, although it gets rather less grounded in reality near the end. Still, I hope we get to try it someday.