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Facts change daily in astronomy. Remember that when choosing a book to read, especially if you're going to buy it. Books older than ten years old may be good for a science history buff, but not for someone who needs to know what is happening in the field right now. If you're looking for up-to-the minute discoveries, a magazine or newspaper might be best. For current research interests, try to stick with books written in the 90s or later.
If you're interested in space and its exploration, but have more of an artistic touch than scientific, maybe you could become a space artist. Join The Society of Performers, Artists, Athletes, and Celebrities for Space Exploration, Inc. (SPAACSE) and showcase your work on their website. They also offer scholarships for those who really have that flair for space art.
When reading any nonfiction astronomy or space book, take what you read with a grain of salt. Theories change daily, and so do the minds of the scientists studying the theories. They're paid to come up with weird theories. It doesn't mean they're always right.
Arthur C. Clarke is renowned for writing the book that lead to the movie 2001: A space Odyssey. Some may even remember another movie, 2010, coming out a few years later. But what most people don't know is that Arthur C. Clarke added the book 2061, and most recently, 3001: The Final Odyssey, to the series.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|