The Conquest of Space (1931)

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The Conquest of Space
Author David Lasser
Language English
Genre nonfiction
Publisher Apogee Books
Publication date

September 1931 (original)[1]

September 1, 2002
Pages 192
ISBN 978-1-896522-92-0

The Conquest of Space is a nonfiction book written by David Lasser in 1930 and self-published in 1931.[2] It was the first book written in English that presented rocketry and spaceflight in a serious manner.[3][4] The book profiles a fictional journey to the moon to explain the science of rocketry as it stood in 1931.[5] It uses contemporary knowledge on rockets to create a reasonable description of the hardware necessary to make spaceflight possible. The book was out of print until 2002, when it was republished by Apogee Books.[4] As of 2011, the book remains in print.

Reception[edit]

The book was generally well received. The New York Times stated on January 10, 1932 that "despite its literary and artistic faults the book cannot but capture the imagination of a reader interested in science."[4] Harold Horton Sheldon wrote the original introduction to the 1931 edition.[6] Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote the introduction to the 2002 edition, said that the book "was one of the turning points in [his] life."[4]

Despite being published in 1931, it "still stands up to scrutiny"[4] for many of its predictions in rocketry. However, other predictions appear to Larry McGlynn as "quaint" and "naive", among them the use of rockets solely for peaceful purposes.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marine Park, Great Kills" (PDF). AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 18, 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Lasser, David (2002). The Conquest of Space. ISBN 978-1-896522-92-0. 
  3. ^ Huurdeman, Anton A. (2003). The worldwide history of telecommunications. Wiley-IEEE. p. 409. ISBN 978-0-471-20505-0. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "The Conquest of Space: Apogee Books Space Series 27". amazon.com. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b McGlynn, Larry. ""The Conquest of Space" by David Lasser Apogee Books Edition, 2002". collectspace.com. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Winter, Frank H., Prelude to the space age, The Rocket Societies, 1924-1940, p. 76, retrieved November 22, 2015, As science editor for The New York Tribune, Sheldon was a powerful voice in the promotion of space flight at the time. He also gave his own lectures and wrote the foreword for Lasser's book.