Rod Pyle’s new ‘Interplanetary Robots’ likely will please many space geeks, plus casual readers – #bookreview

Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle’s new book, Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration, shows how far we have come — and gone — by sending unmanned exploration probes into space during the past 60+ years.

Pyle provides intriguing and entertaining looks at many of the successful space probes launched to our solar system’s planets and beyond, by the United States, Russia, China, Japan and other nations. He also covers some of the missions that failed and some of the planned missions that never left the drawing board, because they were simply too ambitious for the technology available at the time.

The author also looks ahead to possible future missions now in development, including new landers and rovers for the Moon and Mars, plus new probes that will explore Jupiter’s icy moons and some asteroids. The long-awaited launch and deployment of the huge James Webb Space Telescope also is discussed.

In this book, Rod Pyle’s writing is clear, often wry, and sometimes geekily funny. Some of his other books include Amazing Stories of the Space Age and Space 2.0.

Click on the book titles for more information.

Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration
Rod Pyle
Prometheus Books

Si Dunn

(Note: Prometheus Books sent me an advance reading copy to evaluate. This is not a paid review, but I can earn a tiny commission from Amazon if you buy a book through the links on this site. It will not affect the price you pay on Amazon.)


  • Si Dunn is a novelist, screenwriter, photojournalist, and book reviewer. His published books include: DARK SIGNALS, a Vietnam War memoir; ERWIN'S LAW, a private-detective novel; and JUMP, a novella about a combat veteran suffering from PTSD and alienation while trying to work for newspapers as a journalist. Several of his feature screenplays recently were under option to movie producers. He spent nearly 15 years working as a technical writer and software tester in the telecommunications industry. His current programming interests include Go, JavaScript, Python, R, Angular, and other languages and frameworks. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of the University of North Texas.

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