As big Arthur C. Clarke fans, we published a condensed version of his novel Islands in the Sky in our June 1953 issue. The novel tells the story of Roy Malcolm, a young man who visits the permanent satellites use for telecommunications, refueling, and stopovers to other planets. The doughnut-shaped Residential Station served as an acclimatization center for people traveling between Mars, the moon, and Earth. Clarke imagined that the station's constant spin would provide earth gravity at its rim. The cylindrical lower halves in the cocoon-like spacesuits pictured left contained pedals for mobility. Islands in the Sky, while fictional, reflects the optimism people held in our space exploration programs.
Read the full story in "Next Month: Islands in the Sky"