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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good book with some annoying flaws, October 2, 2015
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This review is from: Asteroid Mining 101: Wealth for the New Space Economy (Hardcover)
The good news: this is a very informative book about an interesting topic that's been getting a lot of attention recently. It has lots of useful material, and is potentially a valuable reference on the topic. I'm glad to have it on my shelf.
The bad news comes in several parts, individually minor but rather irritating in combination.
Most obviously, the production quality is amateurish, and it's obvious that nobody proofread the final text -- in particular, there are occasional chunks of repeated text and other sloppiness. The tables are printed in a hideous color-on-black format more suited to projection slides than to book pages. The pages with large color illustrations have a strong tendency to curl.
More fundamentally, the book suffers from a common problem: it can't decide whether it wants to be a reference or a gentle introduction, and so it doesn't fully succeed at being either. The introductory material is pretty decent, but the reader seeking only an... Read more
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very important book, February 3, 2015
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Book review for "Asteroid Mining 101"
Date of this review: 03 FEB 2015

The book itself is high quality and has clear, easy to read text and many color illustrations.

The book is a follow-up of Mr. Lewis's earlier book "Mining the Sky" but the information here is much more complete, updated to what is known in 2014, and is much more technical. It would be extremely useful, for example, for politicians, investors, or business executives needing to quickly understand the basis for the recent interest and practicality of asteroid mining.

I have bachelor's degrees in applied physics and computer science and it took me about a week to read this book, spending a few hours a night on it. I enjoyed it very much and I will probably read it 2 or 3 more times just to be sure that I understand everything because there is a lot in it to take in. To get the most out of this book I recommend you read Mr. Lewis's other book, "Mining the Sky", first, especially... Read more
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asteroid Mining 101. and 201, and 301. It's all here!, August 3, 2015
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There aren't very many science books about space exploitation that rate five stars, but here at last we have one. Lewis states in his preface that he's not going to try to hype the subject matter, and he doesn't disappoint! His presentation is purely matter-of-fact.

In a little more than two hundred pages (including appendix) he packs just about all there is to know about all the asteroids: the near-earthers, the main belt, the Centaurs, the Trojans from Earth to Saturn, the hard-to-access high-inclination space rocks, and even the outermost retrograde-orbiting satellites of Jupiter and Saturn. He explains their orbital statistics and kinematics, the optimal trajectories for reaching them, their minerology (based upon telescopic spectroscopy and meteorite data), and their profit potential. Necessary technologies and techniques for capturing them and extraction of their ores are described thoroughly, though specific engineering solutions are only suggested. This covers just... Read more
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