The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration by Roger D. Launius

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The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration (Smithsonian, $40), by Roger D. Launius, a former associate director at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, looks beyond Apollo. Through brief, engaging narratives and rich images he shows that space exploration is not a wholly 20th- and 21st- century American enterprise—this final frontier has captured and driven human imagination since the very beginning. The first chapter goes back to 700 BCE, chronicling how the ancient Babylonians charted the planets; subsequent chapters take that endeavor from the ancients to the moderns, recounting achievements such as China’s Chang’e 1, a lunar orbiter. Just as significant as the human successes are the robotic ones, like the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. This book leaves readers with a tantalizing look at the future of space travel, and the technologies and wonders that await us.

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ISBN: 9781588346377
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Published: Smithsonian Books - October 23rd, 2018

Waiting for Eden by Elliott Ackerman

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Elliott Ackerman's new novel Waiting for Eden (Knopf, $22.95) is a breathtaking achievement. Within a short span and with stunning compassion Ackerman is able to tell the story of three intertwined lives as they are touched by war, betrayal, and loss. On Christmas day Marine Corporal Eden Malcolm stirs from his three-year coma. He is the only survivor of a bombing that killed all of his fellow Marines, including his best friend, and left him trapped within a shell of his former self, unable to communicate. Finding his consciousness suddenly awakened, Eden desperately tries to reach the outside world. Mary, his wife, has stayed by his side through the years despite little support or hope. Narrating from beyond the grave is Eden's nameless best friend. A piercingly heartfelt look at the toll of war on the home front and the frayed edges it leaves behind.

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ISBN: 9781101947395
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Published: Knopf - September 25th, 2018

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

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Historical fantasy enthusiasts looking for their next epic should look no further than The Poppy War (Harper Voyager, $26.99) by R.F. Kuang. This story is set in a fantastical version of medieval China known as the Nikara Empire. Readers follow the life and trials of Rin. Orphaned as a result of the Empire’s recent war, Rin finds her life full of loss, hardship, and mystery. With the help of her one ally she aces the Keju, an Empire-wide test, propelling her into the ranks of Sinegard, the world's elite military school. There she begins to unlock the secrets of her past and of magics thought long lost. But always looming is the rumble of renewed war with the Federation of Mugen, the Empire’s ancient enemy across the sea. After two bitter confrontations, known as the Poppy Wars, the Federation is eager to reclaim what they lost to the Empire. Based on Chinese history and filled with pulse racing- action this is an excellent addition to any shelf.

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ISBN: 9780062662569
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Published: Harper Voyager - May 1st, 2018