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"Space 2.0" from BenBella Books, February 28, 2019

Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent Nasa, 

and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age

"Optimistic, but not over-the-top so. Comprehensive, from accurate       history to clearly outlined future prospects. Sensitive to the

    emerging realities of the global space enterprise. Well-written and

    nicely illustrated. In Space 2.0, Rod Pyle has given us an extremely

    useful overview of what he calls ‘a new space age’.”

  – John Logsdon, professor emeritus at Space Policy Institute,        

      George Washington University


For spaceflight fanatics like me, now—the dawn of the

    Second Age of Space Exploration—is the most exciting time to be

    alive since the moon missions of the late 1960s and early '70s. But

    this complex new frontier of SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, space

    tourism, Mars cyclers, and asteroid mining is as different as could

    be from the Apollo era. In Space 2.0, ace science writer Rod Pyle

    —an advisor to NASA and the National Space Society—provides

    an engaging and expertly-informed explanation of how we got this       far, along with a factual yet inspiring intro to our around-the-corner

    new adventures in space. Strap yourself in tight. It's a fascinating

    ride! Have spacesuit, will travel.”

  – Geoffrey Notkin, member of the board of governors for the

      National Space Society and Emmy Award-winning host

      of Meteorite Menand STEM Journals


“Space 2.0 offers a grand overview of everything happening in

    space from JPL's robots to Elon Musk’s biggest ideas and that is

    saying a lot! Pyle makes the complex technologies and intractable

    policy debates behind all this accessible to any reader without

    dumbing them down. It’s a great read for those who already excited

    about our new future in space and a must read for those who do

    not yet get it. Buy one for yourself and two for loaning to your


– Greg Autry, director of the University of Southern California’s

    Commercial Spaceflight Initiative and former NASA White

    House Liaison


• “The most exciting developments in the human exploration and

   development of space in the twenty-first century is the

    commercialization and internationalization of space access. New

    firms have emerged to provide cargo and soon human access to

    the International Space Station, and a broader range of

    international actors have developed capabilities only dreamed of

    twenty years ago. Rod Pyle tells this story with verve and style,

    offering a unique perspective on the second space age,Space 2.0,

    and its possibilities yet to be realized.”

—Roger Launius, former chief historian for NASA


  • Paperback: 300 pages, fully illustrated

  • Publisher: BenBella Book, February 28, 2019

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1944648453

  • ISBN-13: 978-1944648459

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"Interplanetary Robots" from Prometheus Books, January 28, 2019

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  • Paperback: 378 pages, color insert

  • Publisher: Prometheus, January 28, 2019

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 163388502X

  • ISBN-978-1633885028

Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space


• “Interplanetary Robots by Rod Pyle is, quite simply, the best  

   chronicle I’ve ever read about our golden age of planetary    

   exploration. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the many missions,

   flown or not, designed to explore our solar system. Brilliant,

   thorough, and crack-me-up funny!”
Pascal Lee, planetary scientist, Mars Institute, SETI Institute, and

   NASA Ames Research Center

• “A breathtaking account of humanity’s robotic exploration of the

   solar system. Compelling and well-written, this book immerses the

   reader in the political and scientific realities that challenged each

   interplanetary mission over the past sixty years. Rod Pyle’s

   conversational style and insider perspective enable the reader to

   personally experience the scientific and historical discoveries,

   something few books of this genre are able to offer.”
Louis A. Del Monte, bestselling author of Genius

   Weapons, Nanoweapons, and The Artificial Intelligence Revolution
• “In this optimistic, exciting book, master space storyteller Pyle turns

   to the ultimate in robotics: machines small enough to fit in a

   suburban driveway (or even a suburban living room), flung into the

   hostile abyss by dangerous rockets, maintaining radio contact with

   their human creators for years but almost never coming back,

   transforming our knowledge of our solar system. From his home

   base near NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pyle surveys sixty

   years of progress and, in the ‘Flash Forward’ chapters, glimpses the

Steve Fentress, Director, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester, NY

• “Pyle has done it again! What he accomplished for human

   spaceflight with Amazing Stories of the Space Age he repeats in

   this consistently fascinating review of robotic space exploration. The    thrilling successes throughout our solar neighborhood are here, but    so are the almost equally interesting schemes that literally never left    the ground. I learned something new from almost every page, while    being entertained by Rod’s signature humor and unique    

   observations along the way. His own interactions with some of our       robot emissaries make this an even more personal and enjoyable

Mat Kaplan, host of the Planetary Society’s Planetary Radio
• “If machines ever replace us, they’ll want to keep Pyle on hand to do

   what he does for our interplanetary robots—personalize their

   stories, spotlight what’s important, and explain why with wit and

   wonder. This book is a first-class seat on all of these unmanned

Dr. E. C. Krupp, Director, Griffith Observatory


"Amazing Stories of the Space Age" from Prometheus Books January 24

Amazing Stories of the Space Age: True Tales of Nazis in Orbit, Soldiers on the Moon, Orphaned Martian Robots, and Other Fascinating Accounts from the Annals of Spaceflight

• "An enjoyable exploration of spacecraft from a    

   reliably knowledgeable guide." – Kirkus Reviews

• "This is a must-have book for space fans." – BBC's Sky at Night

• “Whether you are a die-hard space fanatic or a casual reader, you’ll    find this book is full of fascinating space stories you never knew  

   existed. Rod Pyle is our space super sleuth!” – Andrew Chaikin,  

    author of A Man on the Moon


• "Pyle skillfully guides us through both major moments and forgotten    corners of spaceflight triumphs and tragedies with a sense of    

   entertaining drama..." Francis French, author of "In the Shadow of  

    the Moon" and "Apollo Pilot"

•  January Book of the MonthBBC's Sky at Night

•  "Pyle’s ability to capture forget-me-not facts is truly amazing. This is a  

    must- read for today’s space fan, while looking at the rearview mirror of

    times past.” – Leonard’s Space Insider columnist and

    author of National Geographic's companion book to their TV miniseries


• "100% recommend this to anyone." Nick Howes, Astronomer,      

    Consultant and Science Writer - Fellow of Royal Astronomical Society

• “I’m a huge fan of amazing stories, and these stories are so  

   compelling I could not put the book down until I finished reading  

   every one. And what’s most mind-boggling is that all these stories  

   are true!” Peter Z. Orton, story editor, Steven Spielberg’s Amazing

   Stories NBC television series

• "Long after you've finished the book, you'll remember how much fun

   you had reading it." Susan Holden Martin, the Mars Society. Inc.

• “I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in space

   exploration... His ability to keep mind-boggling facts and fanciful yet true

   proposals in perspective makes this an engaging book that is gripping,

   yet easy to read." – Melanie Melton Knocke, director of CPS

   Planetarium, ambassador of the NASA Airborne Astronomy, and    


•  "Pyle has created an eminently readable, high-energy journey through  

    the adventures, and frequent mis-adventures, of the space age. If you

    enjoyed Mary Roach's 'Packing for Mars,' you will love this book."  – 

    Kenneth Kramer, former Director of Public Relations, County of Los

    Angeles Public Library

Award-winning science writer and documentarian Rod Pyle presents an insider's perspective on the most unusual and bizarre space missions ever devised inside and outside of NASA. The incredible projects described here were not merely flights of fancy dreamed up by space enthusiasts, but actual missions planned by leading aeronautical engineers. Some were designed but not built; others were built but not flown; and a few were flown to failure but little reported:

A giant rocket that would use atomic bombs as propulsion (never mind the fallout), military bases on the moon that could target enemies on earth with nuclear weapons, a scheme to spray-paint the lenses of Soviet spy satellites in space, the rushed Soyuz 1 spacecraft that ended with the death of its pilot, the near-disaster of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the mysterious Russian space shuttle that flew only once and was then scrapped--these are just some of the unbelievable tales that Pyle has found in once top-secret documents as well as accounts that were simply lost for many decades.

These stories, complimented by many rarely-seen photos and illustrations, tell of a time when nothing was too off-the-wall to be taken seriously, and the race to the moon and the threat from the Soviet Union trumped all other considerations. Readers will be fascinated, amused, and sometimes chilled. 



  • Paperback: 365 pages, with color insert of 41 images

  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (January 24, 2017)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1633882217

  • ISBN-13: 978-1633882218

March 15: PBS TV's "Between the Lines" with Barry Kibrick

February 1: "Coast to Coast AM" with George Noory

January 30: KFI AM/Los Angeles with Bill Handel

January 30: WMT, Cedar Rapids, with Doug Wagner

January 14: "Slice of Sci-Fi" with Summer Brooks

January 15: "The Stuph File" with Peter Anthony Holder

January 23: Interview on "This Space Available" blog

January 20: Wavelength Brewing Company talk

January 23: "The Space Show" with David Livingston

January: BBC's "Sky at Night" review

December: KIRKUS Review

  "Amazing Stories" in the news

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