Alcohol in Space

Past, Present and Future


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About the Book

The production and consumption of alcohol has played a significant role in human society since the dawn of civilization. Will this still hold true when humanity is exploring and settling the outer reaches of space? This first book on the topic examines the history of alcohol in space, as well as dozens of companies and projects that are exploring the possibilities of alcohol production in orbit. Covering the long history of alcohol in human society, how alcohol has been addressed in science fiction, and space agriculture technologies, this book investigates a broad sweep of questions that bear on the manufacture of alcohol in space, as well as human space settlement in general.

About the Author(s)

Chris Carberry is the CEO of the non-profit organization Explore Mars, Inc. He has authored more than 100 articles and opinion pieces that have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online publications around the world. He lives in Stafford, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Chris Carberry
Foreword by Andy Weir
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 217
Bibliographic Info: 47 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7924-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3792-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword by Andy Weir 1
Preface 5
Introduction 7
1. A Brief History of Alcohol and Society 13
2. Booze in Science Fiction 43
3. The History of Drinking in Space 62
4. Space Beer 90
5. Wine, Whiskey and Innovation 119
6. Farming in Space 149
7. Final Thoughts 183
Chapter Notes 191
Bibliography 201
Index 205

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Interesting reading, avoiding most technical matters and presenting the material in an entertaining fashion.”—Critical Mass
  • “One of the more common questions I get asked by fans of The Martian is, ‘Could Mark Watney have made vodka from some of those potatoes?’ Who knows what the future holds? Well, maybe Chris Carberry does. Kick back, grab your drink of choice, and enjoy this book about two of my favorite subjects.”—Andy Weir, author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Martian