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What disappointed you about Dreams of Other Worlds?
If you're an engineer looking for behind the scenes stories of the trials and tribulations of these impressive programs, or a lay person wondering how these missions go from concept to operations, look elsewhere.
There is very little content wrt the design conceptualization, development, and operations, the political battles, etc etc that the scientists and engineers both at NASA and its contractors surely go through.
The author, instead, just gives us a chronological list of unmanned exploration programs, talks briefly about their science packages, and discusses how various programs get kids from around the world involved and interested. Great [to be read with sarcasm].
In short, very little useful information, not too many good stories, etc.
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The book seems like it is written to engage the imagination and enthusiasm of the general public. As such, it contains tidbits of information and anecdotes ranging from philosophy to technology. While, due to the broadness of scope, some topics were inadequately explored, other topics were presented that proved both intriguing and interesting in their own right. A few slip-ups in the writing that might have been caused by the co-authorship or not, enough to pull the 'story' down from a 5 to a 4 as more stringent editing should have eliminated these small blemishes.
This is a broad overview, and serves quite well in that respect. Recommended.
Whilst the book covers all the interesting missions promised in the title, the authors clearly felt this wasn't enough. For some reason they had to make the book longer and have done so by apparently padding it with many, distracting and long-winded digressions. These range from lengthy explanations of the background science in each story to long essays on the cultural associations of the subjects of the book. In one chapter they even quote at length the lyrics of a rock song that was inspired by the featured galactic phenomenon. This not only makes the book overly long but also dilutes its core subject, knocking the wind out of its impact. A well edited version could have made it half the length and twice as compelling.
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