As a child I saw this book in the library, and I checked it out for almost 10 years solid, from every library near me, well into my high school years. With amazing art by Michael Whelan, this book captured my imagination and made science fiction seem real to me, and I was set on a quest for things about ‘space’ afterward. I loved this book before 2001, before Star Wars or Star Trek, even Douglas Adams was after this. This book was my gateway to mind expansion. And I only ever read through libraries.