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A History of Human Space Exploration
To be published by the University of Nebraska Press
Information release by series editor Colin Burgess, Sydney, Australia
I am pleased to announce the imminent release of the first books in a major undertaking by the University of Nebraska Press, which will detail the social history (human, rather than technical) of space exploration. This series of important books will be released under the series title of [i]Outward Odyssey.[/i]
Many of the series' writers, carefully selected over the past three years, are first-time book authors, but all are long-time space enthusiasts, and most are well known to collectSPACE readers.
The first two books, to be titled [i]Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era 1961-1965[/i] and [i]In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility 1965-1969[/i] will be released in the spring and summer of 2007. These two books, which I have co-authored with Francis French, include forewords by Paul Haney and Walt Cunningham respectively. They tell the story of human space flight from Yuri Gagarin to the day that Apollo 11 set down on the moon. Being a social history of that enterprise, they contain the stories of the men and women involved in the Space Race between the United States and what was then the Soviet Union. The personal stories of the cosmonauts and astronauts are told through their words, and those of colleagues and friends who knew them well. What were the motivations and inspirations in their lives that led them to wanting to ride rockets into the silent sea of space?
As this is a progressive series, published over the next few years, not all details are finalized, but here is a brief breakdown of the series.
A book on the Apollo program (including ASTP) is being written, and like other series books contains extensive interviews with the astronauts and other people involved in this magnificent effort.
The Skylab book has been written by David Hitt, together with Skylab astronauts Owen Garriott and Joe Kerwin, and features original contributions from other Skylab astronauts, including an important section based on the personal in-flight diary of Alan Bean. The foreword has already been written by Homer Hickam.
As many will know, another collectSPACE regular, Jay Gallentine, has been working on a book about the history of unmanned satellites and interplanetary probes, and it is a pleasure to finally announce that this book is also a part of the Outward Odyssey series. It will include what has turned out to be the last, extensive interview ever carried out with Dr. James Van Allen. A foreword candidate has yet to be announced.
There will also be two books on the social history of the space shuttle program. The first will discuss the origins and early days of the shuttle program, and will cover the period up to and including the Challenger tragedy. This book will be written by David Hitt, in his second book of the series.
The second shuttle book, which examines the aftermath of the loss of Challenger and her crew, will essentially track the history of the shuttle program through the loss of Columbia and beyond. An author has been selected for this book.
Well-known British space writer Brian Harvey is about to begin writing a book on the history of the Soviet space stations, as well as the ISS. Once again, extensive personal interviews will form the basis of this book, which will look at the human side of these monumental undertakings.
For the tenth and final book in the series, dealing with the ongoing history of private space flight and citizens in space, a suitable author (again a collectSPACE regular) has already been selected. As contracts have yet to be finalized, the author cannot be named at this time.
There will be a large function held to launch the space book series in the summer of 2007, and I will release details once full details of the dates and venue have been determined.
Each of the books is designed to stand alone, but also to be an integral part of the entire space book series.
Further details will be announced as they become known.
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