Handbook for space colonists. (book reviews) Russ Lockwood.
Since the theme for this issue is space, what better book to get than Handbook for Space Colonists, an interesting introduction to traveling, working, and living on the final frontier.
Stine, a consultant to NASA and science fiction author (under the pen name Lee Correy), examines the physiological and psychological effects of being in space and points out potential hazards and risks. He explains our tolerance of temperature, humidity, acceleration, gravity, and radiation and discusses weightlessness, medical care, sanitation, and personal hygiene.
Profusely illustrated with NASA photos and drawings from Rick Sternbach (of the television series "Cosmos" fame), Handbook for Space Colonists offers "practical" advice on surviving in outer space--at least in the sense of what to expect based on facts available today. Although space travel is still in its infancy, several efforts are underway to make space tourism a reality. In 50 years or so, weekend getaways aboard the Space Shuttle may be commonplace. In the meantime, you can prepare for a future vacation by reading the Handbook for Space Colonists.
Review Grade: A