Monday, February 10, 2014

Lego Space: Building the Future, by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard

Lego Space
Building the Future
Authors: Peter Reid and Tim Goddard
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication Date: November 4, 2013
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Source: NetGalley

Lego Space: Building the Future starts out so well. It's a book of pictures and stories about space exploration, Lego-style, complete with instructions about how to make your own space ships. It talks about the lunar landing and probes. It even shows you how to make your own Lego Sputnik, which is awesome.

But then it takes a turn into fantasy land. Instead of continuing on with the real space program, it goes straight into imaginary "mid 21st century Federation ships." While I can see the appeal of this, it feels like the authors missed a golden opportunity to capitalize on the world's renewed interest in space exploration by making a Lego Soyuz or a Lego International Space Station. That would have been amazing!

Can't you just picture a mustachioed Lego Chris Hadfield? Or a bald Lego Luca Parmitano? Or a Lego Karen Nyberg with detachable toy space dinosaur? Oh I want all of those!

If you'll excuse me I'm going to go make my own Lego Canadarm2.

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