Author(s): Alice Gorman
Going boldly forth as a pioneer in the fledgling fieldof space archaeology, Dr Alice Gorman (aka Dr Space Junk) turns the commonperception of archaeology as an exploration of the ancient on its head. Hercaptivating inquiry into the most modern and daring of technologies spanningsome 60 years -- a mere speck in cosmic terms -- takes the reader on a journeywhich captures the relics of space forays and uncovers the cultural value ofdetritus all too readily dismissed as junk.
In this book, she takes a physical journey through thesolar system and beyond, and a conceptual journey into human interactions withspace. Her tools are artefacts, historical explorations, the occasionalcocktail recipe, and the archaeologist's eye applied not only to the past, butthe present and future as well.
Erudite and playful, DrSpace Junk reveals that space is not as empty as we might think. And that bylooking up and studying space artefacts, we learn an awful lot about our ownculture on earth. She makes us realise that objects from the past -- thematerial culture produced by the Space Age and beyond -- are so significant tous now because they remind us of what we might want to hold onto into thefuture.
'As charming as it is expert, as gripping as it is surprising, Dr Space Junk vs The Universe deftly threads together the cosmic and the personal, the stupendousness of space with the lived experience of human beings down here.' -- Adam Roberts, author of Gradisil