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Download e-book for kindle: Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age by Jared S Buss

By Jared S Buss

ISBN-10: 0813054435

ISBN-13: 9780813054438

"Beautifully written. unearths the vicissitudes of a very attention-grabbing life."--Michael J. Neufeld, writer of Von Braun: Dreamer of area, Engineer of War

"Willy Ley has been a secret between spaceflight historians for a few years. His position as technology author, suggest, and popularizer is understood to many yet understood by means of few. This ebook unpacks that story."--Roger D. Launius, affiliate director of collections and curatorial affairs, nationwide Air and area Museum

"Ley lit the hearth of interplanetary enthusiasm within the hearts of generations of younger house cadets. lengthy past due, this biography establishes the main points and the ups and downs of his career."--Tom D. Crouch, writer of Lighter Than Air: An Illustrated historical past of Balloons and Airships

"Beyond improving the interesting and plenty of contradictory facets of Ley's amazing existence, Buss has supplied a necessary case examine of the complicated courting among technology popularization, mass media, and medical advocacy within the 20th century."--Asif A. Siddiqi, writer of The crimson Rockets' Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet mind's eye, 1857-1957

Willy Ley encouraged younger rocket scientists and would-be astronauts world wide to visualize a way forward for interplanetary shuttle lengthy ahead of area shuttles existed. this can be the 1st biography of the technological know-how author and rocketeer who estimated and boosted the increase of the distance Age.

Born in Germany, Ley grew to become fascinated about novice rocketry till the sector used to be taken over by means of the Nazis. He fled to the US, the place he solid a brand new existence as a guns specialist and journalist in the course of international conflict II and as a rocket researcher after the struggle. As America's most advantageous authority on rockets, missiles, and area shuttle, he authored books and medical articles, whereas additionally frequently writing for technological know-how fiction pulp magazines and publishing what he termed romantic zoology--a mixture of zoology, cryptozoology, heritage, and mythology. He even consulted for television's Tom Corbett, house Cadet and the Disney application Man in Space, exciting audiences with a romanticized view of what spaceflight will be like.

Yet as astronauts took middle level and medical intellectuals corresponding to Wernher von Braun grew to become influential in the course of the area race, Ley misplaced his superstar prestige. With an old school form of well known writing and kooky views encouraged by way of romanticism and technology fiction, he was once neglected by means of more youthful historians. This booklet returns Willy Ley to his rightful position because the energizer of an era--a time while scientists and technological know-how popularizers combined ranks and shared the highlight in order that our far-fetched, extraordinary desires may perhaps become the truth of tomorrow.

Jared S. Buss is adjunct professor of historical past at Oklahoma urban neighborhood College.

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