Out There

The Science Behind Sci-Fi Film and TV
by Ariel Waldman, Mae C Jemison, Phil Wheeler

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Explore the science behind some of your favorite popular science fiction tropes--from escaping a black hole to riding a space elevator to the stars—in this illustrated guide from NASA advisor and host of the popular Tested podcast Offworld

Whether it's researching new technology, theories, or possible extraterrestrial situations, the showrunners and directors of...
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Published By Running Press Adult

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 144

Publication Date 08/22/2023

ISBN 9780762481668

Dimensions 7.85 inches x 9.3 inches

“Waldman takes us on a delightfully extensive, obsessive’s tour of the many possibilities of life off-world. And she doesn’t confine herself to reality; Waldman is constantly probing what fictional forays into space and beyond can teach us about the present. There are not enough books like this!”

"With her wit and boundless curiosity, Ariel Waldman is a brilliant tour guide to humanity's future in space. Best of all, she explains the real-life discoveries that might make our science fictional dreams come true."

"How many of us have watched films set in space and wondered, 'What would an astrophysicist have to say about this?' What a treat to have Out There on hand to be able to read exactly what an astrophysicist would have to say about a film set in space! Out There is full of charming and informative interviews with astronauts, aerospace engineers, spacesuit historians, geophysicists—every imaginable human resource a hard sci-fi fan would love to have ready access to. A truly delightful resource!"

“This book is for anyone who loves science fiction but can’t help sometimes asking, ‘Wait, could they really do that?’ Filled with up-to-date summaries of where the real science is at (and where it’s going), along with commentary from experts on space technology, astrophysics, aliens, and how humans would really cope out there in the great dark void, it’s a fascinating resource for curious minds.”

A delightful collection of conversations about the role of popular science-fiction films and television in shaping our vision of space and what the future may hold . . . Most importantly, this work illustrates the importance of imagination in the pursuit of science. It’s a concise and rewarding book.

— Booklist

"The book is cleanly designed, the writing and interviews are thought-provoking and all our favourite onscreen sci-fi is discussed. Out There is essential reading for any fan of science fiction."

— BBC Sky at Night Magazine