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Philip
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posted 10-26-2003 05:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got my copy of the British Interplanetary Society book "The International Space Station: From Imagination to Reality".

A large A4 format softcover of 160 pages with superb photos of the construction of ISS, expedition crews and back-up crews, shuttle visitors, etc. A must have!

ALAIN
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posted 10-29-2003 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ALAIN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb publication and the quality is also far better than the two previous on MIR space station. Quality glossy paper and sharp color photos.

Looking forward to the second edition in this series!

Rex Hall
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posted 10-29-2003 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rex Hall   Click Here to Email Rex Hall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for your kind words on the ISS book. We changed the printer for the ISS book and were able to get a sharper image in the pictures than the softer images used in Mir.

We are thinking that we will do the next book towards the end of 2004. We need a critical mass of missions to fill the second book.We planned a series that will build up to be a history of the development of ISS.
We have some really good material in hand for the next one.

If this proves to be popular we intend to produce a full covering the history of ISS.
Again thank you for buying the first of the set.

ALAIN
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posted 12-05-2003 03:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ALAIN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which subjects do you already have covered for the second edition?

Rex Hall
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posted 12-05-2003 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rex Hall   Click Here to Email Rex Hall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The BIS are monitoring the situation with ISS and will publish volume 2 in due course. I cannot say when perhaps when we know we can fill 112 pages.

We will carry on with some of the subjects from the first volume.

Expedition missions, visiting and logistical missions, science are certain ones. I am looking at an EVA paper. We will need to look at the implications of the Columbia disaster and Return to Flight.

We do want to build it up into an history of ISS.

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posted 07-05-2004 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alan   Click Here to Email Alan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's the status on the publication date of the second book on ISS history? I would hate it if BIS wouldn't go further with this series.

Rex Hall
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posted 07-05-2004 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rex Hall   Click Here to Email Rex Hall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the editor of the first ISS book I can confirm that we are planning book two next year to fill the gap up to the return to flight. We have already identified the subjects and which missions we will include. We want it to become a key historical record of the construction and purpose of ISS.

It should be available to order in the September 2005 subscription notice.

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posted 02-03-2005 01:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alan   Click Here to Email Alan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any update(s) on this second ISS book?

Rex Hall
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posted 02-03-2005 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rex Hall   Click Here to Email Rex Hall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan, as requested an update on the status of Volume 2 of this book series. It will be ready for September 05. It will cover Expeditions 4 to 10 plus STS-108 to 113. Spacewalks and mission control. Science on ISS plus lots of updates. The authors have all been identified and have deadlines.

It will be priced once ready and be listed with the 2006 subscription.

Philip
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posted 05-19-2005 03:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just an acknowledgement that BIS staff-members started to read the article proofs for the second BIS book on the International Space Station. So I guess they're on schedule.

Rex Hall
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posted 05-21-2005 03:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rex Hall   Click Here to Email Rex Hall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just to confirm that it is the intention of the BIS to have this ready by September for sale. The text is being put together at the proof stage and we are on target. the text for the ISS 10 mission has been completed. It will be exactly the same size as the first volume.

I hope that people purchase it in the same numbers as the first. I want to thank the BIS members involved some of whom read this message board.

Philip
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posted 08-05-2005 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I have seen a preview and part of it looks a bit like the "Who's Who in Space" book with individual portraits of the astronauts and cosmonauts who performed EVA on ISS.

ALAIN
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posted 09-20-2005 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ALAIN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any progress in the printing/publishing of the (long-awaited) second BIS-book on the International Space Station?

Rex Hall
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posted 09-20-2005 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rex Hall   Click Here to Email Rex Hall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Volume 2 has gone to the printers and should be available in a couple of weeks. The volume is listed in the subscription renewal notice just circulated. It is 192 pages and is very detailed.

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posted 09-26-2005 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Noticed the cover of the second ISS book on the membership renewal documents. So let's hear now: Who at cS bought it and what's your opinion?

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posted 10-07-2005 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ALAIN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got the 2005 book (192 pages) today, it's better than the first 160 pages 2002 volume.

Checking it diagonally I noticed some rare crewphotos and many individual portraits of spacewalkers in EVA-suit.

Philip
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posted 10-12-2005 03:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The EVA-log section looks good.

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posted 10-19-2005 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today I received my copies of parts 1 and 2 (thanks, Philip!) and I must say: they look great. This is a must for every ISS-follower. The guys that wrote the books are the experts in this field and the photo selection is great. Some very rare crew portraits. Buy them!

Philip
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posted 12-23-2005 04:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The second book is superb, but it finally got the publicity it deserves, it's now possible to order it online.

Philip
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posted 07-24-2012 03:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The BIS is offering the last batch of these great books as a two volume set.
Get one while you can...

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posted 08-01-2012 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've tried multiple times to order the ISS books through the BIS website, and every attempt I've made had my "transaction declined" for no stated reason. I emailed the BIS requesting help on the 28th of July, and have yet to receive a response.

Either their customer service branch is overwhelmed, or they're utilizing the same online sales platform as the London Olympics, or both.

Philip
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posted 08-02-2012 06:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
BIS HQ might be in holiday mode. I'll ask around and get back with an answer!

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Well, I got a reply from Mary at the BIS as I was leaving for work today...I don't know if that was your "influence" at work, Philip, but thanks regardless!

Anyway, I feel a bit thick...turns out the problem was on my end. Per Mary's suggestion, I contacted my bank and found that it has a security block on most out-of-country transactions. After giving them my approval, I was able to order successfully.

Philip
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posted 08-03-2012 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Enjoy the books, part 2 is the only book listing all EVAs conducted by astronauts/cosmonauts (with their individual portrait) to build up the ISS between 1998 and 2005. There's also a section on crew patches.

A follow-on part 3 is long overdue...

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posted 08-21-2012 09:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received both ISS volumes over the weekend, and after a bit of skimming, they're indeed attractively produced, authoritative, and highly commendable.

(Unfortunately, my local mail carrier exhibited a heretofore undemonstrated determination in jamming them through my office mail slot on a Saturday; the result being that they're in rather less than optimal condition. On the one hand, given what the BIS charged for shipping, I'd have expected rather more protective packaging, or at least a "DO NOT FOLD" on the outside of the envelope. On the other, just bad luck they arrived on a Saturday. Impossible to time these things when ordering from across the pond.)

Regardless, they're definitely worth owning; great job by Rex Hall and the BIS staff. Given the ISS's essential completion, any chance for a volume 3?

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posted 08-22-2012 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for minipci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GoesTo11:
On the one hand, given what the BIS charged for shipping, I'd have expected rather more protective packaging, or at least a "DO NOT FOLD" on the outside of the envelope.

I agree on the packaging issue. Even here, in "good old Blighty", mine arrived in a "kicked about like a football" state.

Philip
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posted 10-18-2012 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry to hear this, it would be great if all the BIS books would become available as digital downloads!

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