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After listening to Chris David Impey’s book, “Beyond: Our Future in Space”, traveling to other worlds seems distant and practically un-achievable. Impey cleverly begins his story about space travel as though the first human who permanently leaves earth is born in the 21st century. Impey’s novelist beginning is revisited twice, but the true subject of “Beyond: Our Future in Space” is the physics, astronomy, and observational cosmology of the present day.
One presumes Impey’s purpose is to encourage the possibility of reaching the stars but by the end little optimism remains with the listener. The daunting tasks of overcoming gravity, surviving an inhospitable environment, and leaving the only home humans have ever known proffers a gob of pessimism. Some minor relief is offered with a comparison of human migration across the continents in earth’s history but one questions the analogy. With that correlation, Impey speculates that history’s adventurers on earth have something in common with future adventurers in space.
In support of Impey’s speculation: In ancient history, who would have thought human beings would sail for a new world when many thought sailing from land meant you would fall off the edge of earth? Maybe that is where space exploration is today. Impey’s fictional character arrives at an exoplanet with her team. She and her team are at the end and beginning of “Beyond: Our Future in Space”. Now that is optimism.
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The reader has this strange stilted style that puts all the emphasis in the wrong place. It doesn't actually make any sense, so I never finished listening to the book because it was so distracting.