Foreword by Herb Baker
Have you ever wondered how our universe was created? Was it the hand of God – or was it the Big Bang? Or maybe even some combination of the two? Or is there another explanation? If you’re interested in debates on that subject, this is the book for you. And for space nuts like me, examining those questions in the context of the most daring space mission ever attempted from Earth makes this book’s adventure one that I wish did not have an end.
I grew up a few miles from what is now NASA’s Johnson Space Center, went to school with the kids of the original Mercury Seven and Apollo astronauts, and recently retired after a 40+ year career at NASA. I’ve been lucky enough to meet and become friends with many American astronauts over that time and following along with this book’s brave, irreverent, plain-spoken astronaut Jim Tale reminded me of some of those real-life American heroes. No matter how dangerous and life-threatening their mission was, or how many unexpected complications they faced along the way, they were committed to completing their mission and always believed that the rewards were worth the risks.
Jim Tale is captain of the starship, Evolution, and he’s on a journey to a planet, 1400 light years from Earth in hopes of establishing a new home for the human race. The environment on Earth is being destroyed and there’s a real threat of thermonuclear war, so this new colony might be the only hope for survival of the human race. I found it striking that the concerns over the environment and worries about nuclear missiles and the future of our planet described in this book have never been more timely than they are today.
If you’re one of those people like me that believe that the odds are very high that there is intelligent life somewhere out there in our vast universe, this book will give you some ideas about what those beings may look and act like. There’s also plenty of danger, drama, suspense, humor, and more than a few surprises. Ad astra! (“to the stars”)