Why this book?
Okay, so you’ve read Dune, you’ve read Starship Troopers, you’ve read 2001: A Space Odyssey, and maybe you’ve even read From Earth to the Moon and The First Men in the Moon. Seen the movies, too (or maybe you cheat and say you’ve read the books when you’ve only seen the flicks). Bet you think that makes you an expert on science fiction about space, right? Not even close! If you want to read more than just the well-known classics everyone else has, find these books. Some have become obscure and are now out of print, but they’re not hard to find; try ABE, eBay, and local second-hand bookstores. They’re worth searching for, and then you’ll really have something to talk about.
This high-tech thriller about three astronauts stuck in Earth orbit aboard an Apollo spacecraft (in an earlier version, it was about one astronaut in a Mercury space capsule) was a big bestseller that was eventually made into a movie. As usual, the novel is way better than the movie. Today it can be read as historical or alternate-history SF, but either way, it’s a suspenseful novel and also a good inside-look at the NASA space program of the ’60s.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Source for exciting movie of the same name, starring Gregory Peck.