A popular treatment of the interstellar probe concept is Paul Gilster's Centauri Dreams (Copernicus, New York, 2004). At a somewhat higher mathematical level and a bit more dated are Eugene Mallove's and Gregory MatlofFs The Starflight Handbook (Wiley, New York, 1989) and john H. Mauldin's Prospects for Interstellar Travel (Univelt, San Diego, CA, 1992). If you don't mind the math, you might consult Gregory L. MatlofFs Deep-Space Probes, 2nd edn (Springer-Praxis, Chichester, UK, 2005).
A few authors have considered what it would take to construct a spacetime singularity to allow travel through hyperspace. A very readable presentation of the challenges involved is Adrian Berry's The Iron Sun (Warner, New York, 1977).
Possible solar-sail missions to the Sun's gravitational literature have received a great deal of attention in the technical literature. One source is j. Heidmann's and C. Maccone's, "AstroSail and FOCAL: Two Extrasolar System Missions to the Sun's Gravitational Focus,'' Acta Astronautica, vol. 35, pp. 409-410 (1994).
For a recent non-technical review of Project Orion, please see George Dyson's Project Orion, The Story of the Atomic Spaceship (Henry Holt & Company, New York, 2002).
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