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Project Orion in Science Fiction

Project Orion is one of the great might-have-beens of the space age, and it is therefore no surprise to see that it features in many science fiction and alternate history stories. Here are some examples:
  • In S. M. Stirling's novel, The Stone Dogs, nuclear pulse propulsion powered spacecraft are used to colonize the solar system in an alternate version of the Cold War.

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    Stone Dogs (Draka #3)
    By S.M. Stirling

    Baen
    Mass Market Paperback (522 pages)

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  • In Larry Niven's and Jerry Pournelle's novel, Footfall, the United States builds an Orion-like spaceship named Michael to fight aliens who were attempting to conquer the Earth.

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    Footfall
    By Larry Niven

    Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
    Released: 2016-04-19
    Kindle Edition (610 pages)

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    Considered by many readers the best alien invasion novel to date, FOOTFALL was called “thought-provoking and exciting” by Library Journal and “the best of its genre” by The New York Times.

    An alien craft is approaching Earth. Attempts to communicate go unanswered. The welcoming committee of Americans and Russians at a space station is blasted, its occupants killed or captured. Soon the entire Earth, with special emphasis on the United States, is bombarded by asteroids, destroying dams, highways, and infrastructure. The message to humans: total surrender or death to all. A giant rock, the “footfall”, is launched towards Earth, causing even more damage. The aliens land, determined to conquer or utterly eliminate the human race. Understanding a truly “alien” culture and learning how to confront such an overwhelming power make FOOTFALL stand out as an exciting and truly original novel.
    “Niven and Pournelle keep the outcome up in the air right up to the last pages.”
    - Newsday

    “FOOTFALL is simply the best science fiction adventure story I’ve read in a long time.”
    - The Providence Sunday Journal

    “This nuclear age update of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS is highly recommended.”
    - Library Journal

    “Fast paced.”
    - The Philadelphia Inquirer

    "Niven and Pournelle have produced another world-in-peril winner ... I loved it!"
    - Frank Herbert

    "I like Footfall because I like a good old-fashioned invader-from-space story with the noble and ignoble earthlings scrambling for cover."
    - John D. MacDonald


  • In Poul Anderson's novel, Orion Shall Rise, the Project Orion is resurrected several hundred years after a devasting nuclear war.

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    Orion Shall Rise
    By Poul Anderson

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