G. David Nordley

G. David Nordley is an astronautical engineer whose second career is writing. His main interest is the future of human exploration and settlement of space, with stories typically focusing on the dramatic aspects of individual lives within the broad sweep of a plausible human future. His research fuels also nonfiction articles. He is a four-time winner of the AnLab, the Analog reader’s award for best story or article of the year, and a past Hugo and Nebula award nominee.

Science Fiction

A World Beneath the Stars, Expanded Edition

Before We Left Home…
Join noted hard science fiction author G. David Nordley on a World Beneath the Stars in this newly-expanded collection of his stories previously published in Analog and other science fiction magazines.

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To Climb a Flat Mountain


Stranded on a world whose properties defy explanation, Jacques Song must not only survive, but find a way to complete his mission — with a saboteur’s treachery undermining his every step.  Read more about the science behind the story here.

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The Black Hole Project

The Black Hole Project

As an ambitious scientist works to conduct an extraordinary experiment, his team must battle not only the laws of physics, but an opposition that will stop at nothing to prevent the project from reaching its culmination.  Read the glossary (which contains a wealth of supporting science!) here.

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 Prelude to Stars


Spanning the decades of humankind’s first tentative steps beyond Earth, these stories explore everything from the future of sport to mutiny in interplanetary space.

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After the Vikings

After the Vikings

The saga of Mars after the Viking missions is told in a series of tales spanning the first landing through the first alien contact and beyond.

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Among the Stars

Among the Stars

This collection of short stories from the era in which humanity has spread out beyond the cradle of the Solar System, inhabiting the far-flung reaches of interstellar space.

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