• The Case for Space

  • How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibility
  • By: Robert Zubrin
  • Narrated by: Mike Lenz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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A noted space expert explains the current revolution in spaceflight, where it leads, and why we need it.

A new space race has begun. But the rivals in this case are not superpowers but competing entrepreneurs. These daring pioneers are creating a revolution in spaceflight that promises to transform the near future.

Astronautical engineer Robert Zubrin spells out the potential of these new developments in an engrossing narrative that is visionary yet grounded by a deep understanding of the practical challenges. Fueled by the combined expertise of the old aerospace industry and the talents of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, spaceflight is becoming cheaper. The new generation of space explorers has already achieved a major breakthrough by creating reusable rockets. Zubrin foresees more rapid innovation, including global travel from any point on Earth to another in an hour or less; orbital hotels; moon bases with incredible space observatories; human settlements on Mars, the asteroids, and the moons of the outer planets; and then, breaking all limits, pushing onward to the stars. Zubrin shows how projects that sound like science fiction can actually become reality. 

But beyond the how, he makes an even more compelling case for why we need to do this - to increase our knowledge of the universe, to make unforeseen discoveries on new frontiers, to harness the natural resources of other planets, to safeguard Earth from stray asteroids, to ensure the future of humanity by expanding beyond its home base, and to protect us from being catastrophically set against each other by the false belief that there isn't enough for all.

©2019 Robert Zubrin (P)2020 Rowman & Littlefield

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Exciting and Invigorating Call to Action

Does this book have excellent technical descriptions of the means by which we'll one day (hopefully soon) travel to and settle the solar system and those beyond it? Yes, and the sections explaining this topic are exquisite

But the book really shines when Zubrin offers his thoughts on WHY this is not merely a novelty or a hobbyist idea, but a necessity for the future of humanity

On top of that, the narration is superb, and the narrator's voice is clear and seems to exude the same optimism and enthusiasm evident in Zubrin's text...I HIGHLY recommend this to all lovers of the space sector!

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Inspiring Experience

Absolutely Loved it. This book will get you caught up on the past and current events towards human exploration to the Cosmos. It explains why we need to become a multiplanetary species. Highly recommended for High School, College Students and Mars enthusiasts.

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Insightful and motivating!

Great book! I appreciated all the technical logic to predict our exciting future in space. I can't wait!

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Interesting science, low effort philosophy

I loved The Case for Mars, but this book is nowhere near as well done. Zubrin does a good job of applying a hard science and engineering lens to practical problems in space, but he cast too wide of a net with this book. If you want the good parts, just listen to the first half.

In the second half he does a poor job of working his way through civilization-defining philosophical questions. He covers a dozen issues that could each have their own book, and the result is more like a rushed literature review than an analysis.

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A Must Read!

For anyone interested in space this is a an excellent book on the development of space. If you think space is a waste of time and money this book will change your mind.

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A lot of fun to listen too. And a great call to action

This book was a lot of fun to listen too and gives a lot of good technical information on rocket science. It’s not too dense in jargon but doesn’t feel patronizing by leaving info out. I read this book right after the penguin book on the history of space exploration which was cool because it seems to pick up exactly where that book left off. I think I also might be joining the mars society and become a space captain.

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Interesting and compelling, but needlessly complex

This was a very interesting look at all manner of topics related to the exploration, use, and eventual colonization of space. It has a huge wealth of material in one place and laid out a compelling case. I would recommend it for someone interested in space.

That being said, the author went into too much detail on formulae, chemical compounds, etc. In a physical book, I would probably have skimmed past most of this. However, I read this as an audiobook and all of that was just annoyingly wasted time.

I think the author should produce something like a ‘lite’ version of this book without the mathematical detail. That could reach a broader audience and would be much more suited for audio.

The narrator was good, but some of the material (equations and such) just wasn't suited for audio. This could also have been placed in a downloadable PDF for those interested.

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Great book!

I loved this book and his previous Case For Mars. Must read if you are a human interested in things.

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Did not make a good audio book


To start with as an audio book there’s too many referrals to acronyms, and chemistry. I listen to audio books while driving, and walking my dog. I can’t take notes doing that. There seems to be repeated parts. And lot’s of referrals other books written in the 18 and early 19th century.
I had forgotten who the author was and if I had remembered I wouldn’t have chosen it. I remember him from the 1980s when he was campaigning for NASA to forget about the space station and go to Mars now. I think he’s a well educated screw ball.

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  • Spencer
  • 12-08-20

Awe inspiring.

A truly optimistic view of the future of humanity, both for those living on this planet and for those who will lucky enough to live beyond it. An absolute must listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-20

Thought provoking, optimistic and confident.

I really enjoyed this book. The optimism and the call to action in the last chapter are inspiring. However, the parts where Zubrin emphasises the lack of tech innovation since 80s are a little too transportation orientated. There have been many fantastical advancements since the 80s, including those that provide me with instant access to this book/audiobook wherever I am. Nevertheless, this book is an excellent opportunity to learn about what is needed to be done in order to elevate humanity past the cradle of earth.

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  • Bad Monkey
  • 08-25-20

Inspiring!

If even the simplified details of achieving proposed space missions are not for you, you should read/listen to this book.
The closing chapters are an eye-opening, inspiring revelation about our pretty binary choices in the near future, and how we should be optimistic and energised for the future.

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  • Zacharias
  • 07-31-20

intrestring

it gives new perspectives on the current and future of space exploration and explotation.

it is worth it if you are intrested in space or the future of humanity

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  • matt
  • 07-19-20

Perfect

The pre eminent mind in space exploration for 40 years and a great storyteller to boot again pulls of an informative, followable, persuasive and powerful rendering of the true case of the space industry.

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  • scott
  • 02-11-21

Enjoyable listen

An interesting read from a man who wants humanity in space as much as the people who read his books do. You can feel his enthusiasm and passion for space and many of the ideas he lays out have merit.
If you're a follower of recent spaceX developments you'll be spending some time covering well known subject matter but he does go in depth in many other areas too.

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  • 02-02-21

Amazing Read!

An amazing follow up to The case for Mars, this book outlines why should and MUST push outward into the solar system and beyond. More than a "scimitar wishful thinking ezercise" this book is technical and deep on detail as Dr Z is an actually space technology engineer and the founder of the Mars Society. If you have even just a passing interest in space and science I very highly recommend this book! #spacescience #rocketscience #space Adelaide Planetarium Supernovas