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Table of Contents

  • In Re John D. Clark - foreword by Issac Asimov
  • Preface
  • How It Started
  • Peenemunde and JPL
  • The Hunting of the Hypergol . . .
  • . . . and Its Mate
  • Peroxide - Always a Bridesmaid
  • Halogens and Politics and Deep Space
  • Performance
  • Lox and Flox and Cryogenics in General
  • What Ivan Was Doing
  • Exotics
  • The Hopeful Monoprops
  • High Density and the Higher Foolishness
  • What Happens Next
  • Glossary
  • Index

About the Author

John Drury Clark (1907 - 1988) was an American rocket fuel developer, chemist, and science fiction writer. In addition to his work as a scientist, he was instrumental in the broad revival of interest in Robert E. Howard's Conan stories and an influence on the writing of Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, Fletcher Pratt, and other sci-fi authors.

Issac Asimov (1920 - 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. A prolific writer, he published more than 500 books, most notably the science fiction novels I, Robot and Foundation, and the popular science works, Guide to Science and Understanding Physics.


"It's rare that a book about as high-minded and serious a topic as rocket science manages to be both highly informative and laugh-out-loud funny. But if there's a better way to describe John Clark's Ignition!, I've yet to discover it."
- Ars Technica

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