No Bucks, No Buck Rogers, and Other Lessons Space Fans Don’t Want to Hear
False Steps: The Space Race as it Might Have Been
By Paul Drye
Paul Drye’s 2015 False Steps: The Space Race as it Might Have Been delivers exactly what it promises on the cover: a grand tour of the spacecraft that failed to make it from drawing board to reality over the last seventy years. Drye limits himself to the history of crewed spacecraft; probes may offer far more bang for the buck (a factor in the failure of many of the spacecraft included in this volume), but they lack the romance of humans in space.