Rocket Dreams: How the Space Age Shaped Our Vision of a World Beyond....

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From the first landings on the moon to the implications of our cyber worlds, this unusual and intriguing book takes a provocative look at our fascination with space. Rocket Dreams is a fast-moving, fact-filled study of how all the dreams that went in to moonflight in the '60s have found new homes and mutated into new fascination with space. It is about our unquenchable desire to reach out to other worlds, physical and imaginative. From the Apollo astronauts to the military origins of the internet, and the whole phenomenon of 'virtual communities', it reveals how the ideals and longings pinned on cyberspace have evolved directly from those of the space age. Space dreams have been transformed into screen dreams, but the longing for communication with 'the other' lies at the heart of both.

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From the first landings on the moon, UFOs and Extra Terrestrials, to the implications of our cyber worlds, this is a provocative and profound look at our fascination with space…

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'A clever and thoughtful book - a book that is as much concerned with the limits of human imagination as anything...rich in ideas, with a scope that at times seems scarily infinite'

Sunday Times

From the first landings on the moon to the implications of our cyber worlds, this unusual and intriguing book takes a provocative look at our fascination with space.

Rocket Dreams is a fast-moving, fact-filled study of how all the dreams that went in to moonflight in the '60s have found new homes and mutated into new fascination with space. It is about our unquenchable desire to reach out to other worlds, physical and imaginative. From the Apollo astronauts to the military origins of the internet, and the whole phenomenon of 'virtual communities', it reveals how the ideals and longings pinned on cyberspace have evolved directly from those of the space age. Space dreams have been transformed into screen dreams, but the longing for communication with 'the other' lies at the heart of both.

'Both thought-provoking and highly entertaining...astute...beautifully written'

Scotland On Sunday

'Stimulating...a fascinating cultural history of American utopianism'

Financial Times

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