The Conquest of Space

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The Conquest of Space
AuthorWilly Ley
IllustratorChesley Bonestell
GenreSpeculative science
The Beta Lyrae binary in the sky of an airless planet, after the painting by Chesley Bonestell.

The Conquest of Space is a 1949 speculative science book written by Willy Ley and illustrated by Chesley Bonestell. The book contains a portfolio of paintings by Bonestell depicting the possible future exploration of the Solar System, with explanatory text by Ley.

Of the 58 illustrations by Bonestell in Conquest, most had been published previously, in color, in magazines.[1]

Influences on fiction[edit]



  1. ^ "Bonestell Color Illustrations Index." Retrieved: January 14, 2015.
  2. ^ A comic book, the Cold War, and the Moon
  3. ^ Arthur C. Clarke, The Lost Worlds of 2001, pg. 127.
  4. ^ Niven, Larry (1968). Neutron Star. New York: Ballantine Books. p. 75.


  • Ley, Willy. The Conquest of Space. New York: Viking, 1949. Pre-ISBN era.