El libro Espacio (publicación original: Space, 1982) nos acerca, mezclando ficción y realidad, al camino que siguieron los Estados Unidos de América para conquistar el espacio, desde el interés para hacerse con los servicios de personajes clave de la construcción alemana de misiles en Peenemünde durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial hasta la exploración de parte del Sistema Solar, mediante las vivencias de cuatro hombres (y sus familias) muy distintos entre sí.
Michener may be too detailed for some, but I loved the way he built this story bit by bit. The book also gave me a deeper appreciation of how old some of the back-and-forth arguments about NASA are - almost all of the stuff we hear about now in terms of politics was going on back then.
Interesting & well written.
A bit disconcerting is his creation of two fictional US states, Fremont and Red River which have elected Republican and Democratic senators respectively.
This books tries to do that along the way of telling somewhat accurately what really took place. The book did not predict this tragedy, but it did talk about the problems that took place in starting of the shuttle program and the possibility for error.
read this book because i am fascinated in the space program and the character of man (in most cases) that realized this impossible seeming vision. a man like my father, an engineer for boeing during the apollo period, and lived at cape canaveral nee kennedy space station, and me celebrating my first birthday on 20 july 1969 with a moon landing, nearly 'i dream of jeanie'-like in timing.
This book is very different from Michener's other books--less history and more current events.
If you love science/fiction(not science fiction mind you)books by the likes of Carl Sagan, then Space will leave you feeling blah.
I am writing a review of this flawed novel after having read only 470 pages as a celebration of defeating my completist impulse yet again. They archetypes rather than people, meant to represent particular types (as Michener sees them) who serve the space program in one way or another. Mott appears to substitute for 8-10 different real people in the actual space program as his skills change to suit the needs of Michener's narrative. But, like any red-blooded American, Michener wants to celebrate people who work with their hands more than people who think. But probably the biggest flaw (depending on how much you hate shitty characters) is Michener's (once again wholly American) celebration of the great myths of the space program. Even only half way through the novel, there are numerous instances where Michener presents scenes that should be assumed to be offensive to the 1982 reader (maybe not, as I was only 1) but which Michener presents without any kind of critical eye or irony or anything like that. Yes, depicting is not condoning, but it's hard to tell that Michener is not condoning this behaviour because he seems to think everything in this is necessary so that America can land a man on the moon. Which brings me to section from 458 to 470 wherein Michener attempts to address why there weren't any black people in the space program. (Clearly, Michener did not do enough research to familiarize himself with the history that inspired Hidden Figures.) Michener wants you to believe that the honourable white men responsible for the space program were accidentally prejudiced against black people but...but!...when upstanding members of the black community brought this to their attention, these honourable white men did everything they could - everything! I thought Michener was pretty progressive in Hawaii but it's hard to believe the same man wrote this.
James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region.