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MB
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posted 01-26-2013 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MB   Click Here to Email MB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin, I really enjoyed this book and appreciate the time and effort that you put into it to tell each's astronaut's story. Thank you. I found it really interesting that Charlie Bassett grew up in Berea, Ohio which is the town adjacent to where I live. I had known that he was born in Dayton, Ohio but didn't realize that he spent much of his life in Berea!

I would really be interested in the reissue of your book through the Nebraska Press with additional information about these astronauts. I was wondering if you have thought about including Joe Walker in the reissue of your book. He was awarded his astronaut's wings posthomously in 2005 and I have always been interested in his role in the space program. Joe was also started his career at the NASA Lewis (now Glenn) research center, and I'm sure the History office there would be happy to assist you in your research. Appreciate you considering this request and best wishes on the reissue of your terrific book!

ColinBurgess
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posted 01-26-2013 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for your kind words, MB. The Nebraska Press are still to make a decision about a reissue of Fallen Astronauts as part of the Outward Odyssey series, but I expect to hear a result in the next few days.

Joe Walker's life, death and many contributions to the X-15 program will actually be fully covered in the forthcoming series book, "The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space," which will be available around April/May this year. Michelle Evans has done a tremendous job with this book, and it is a wonderful, human story of that research program.

ColinBurgess
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posted 02-26-2013 12:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately the decision has come down from Nebraksa Press that as "Fallen Astronauts" has previously been released as a paperback they are not interested in producing a hardcover version in the Outward Odyssey series, even though it would have been greatly expanded from the original version, and they were the ones who floated the idea to me a few months back. I did argue that it was only released in very small numbers in hardcover (and without a dust jacket) but they decided that they would only be interested in producing a revised paperback in the series, which I could not agree to, as this would leave an unacceptable (to me) gap in the hardcover series. My stance has always been that it should be published in both hardcover and paperback and so, regretfully, there will be no revised and expanded version.

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posted 02-26-2013 04:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johntosullivan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is a pity.

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posted 02-26-2013 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fallen Astronauts is one of those books that I have read or thumbed through so many times that I have had to buy a second copy so I have a pristine mint copy in the bookshelf. A hardcover edition would be very welcome. Sorry to see it is not happening, at least not in the near future. An outstanding book.

ColinBurgess
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posted 12-17-2013 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a rather exciting time for Kate Doolan and I as we work on the reissue of "Fallen Astronauts" for the University of Nebraska Press. This was the book that actually created interest at the Press for a series of books on the history of space exploration that eventually became Outward Odyssey, and we are delighted that this enlarged version will become a part of the series, albeit only as a paperback edition.

Not only has it given us the chance to include material that came along subsequent to the release of the book in 2003, back to make some changes and correct a few niggling errors. But the greatest thing of all is that I am now back in touch with family members and others associated with these guys, and everyone is so keen to assist.

Kate and I plan on expanding the book by around 100 pages and including a few more (and some different) photographs. We are not including any other astronaut stories - we are sticking with those who died before the moon landings - but we have been enjoying the new research and adding in new material. For instance, it was not known at the time of the original release of the book that Ed Givens was actually one of the 32 finalists for the Mercury Group 1 selection - and this was not even known by his three children at the time, who were quite astonished to learn this.

Not sure when it will be released, but we are aiming to present the manuscript before the middle of next year, so probably a 2015 release.

dom
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posted 12-17-2013 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin, do you or Bert plan to revise the chapter on the cosmonauts who died too? Their stories have become much clearer in the last few years and it would be great to see the definitive details in this new edition of 'Fallen Astronauts'.

ColinBurgess
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posted 12-17-2013 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Dom, yes, the cosmonaut biographies have also undergone revision and updating.

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posted 12-17-2013 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sfurtaw   Click Here to Email sfurtaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news, Colin! I don't think I need to tell you how excited I am to hear this!

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Colin: Fantastic news. Looking forward to the revision and the Liberty 7 book. The original Fallen Astronauts was great, as is your latest on Freedom 7.

ColinBurgess
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posted 07-29-2014 01:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pleased to report that the revised, updated and expanded version of "Fallen Astronauts" is now ready in manuscript form and will be shipped off to the University of Nebraska Press this week. Although it will now become an Outward Odyssey series book, it will only (regretfully) be published in a paperback version. Still, it was good to include a lot of material that has come in subsequent to the first printing in 2003.

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posted 07-29-2014 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sfurtaw   Click Here to Email sfurtaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news, Colin! I thought about writing "you have no idea how much I am looking forward to this"... But then realized that you probably do have an idea.

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posted 07-29-2014 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ColinBurgess:
...it will now become an Outward Odyssey series book, it will only (regretfully) be published in a paperback version.
Any chance of a 'library binding' version (like that of Pogue's How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space?) yielding a near-hardcover book for a little durability?

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posted 07-29-2014 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin, I thought you might get a kick out of this. It seems someone holds your book in very high esteem.

I wonder if they would take off the $0.23.

ColinBurgess
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posted 07-29-2014 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW!!! I have to say that if anyone buys it at that price I will fly over with Kate Doolan and Bert Vis and we will personally sign that rather special copy, as well as giving every cS member a free space trip with Virgin Galactic.

Incidentally, the manuscript went to UNP this morning, so we're under way again.

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posted 07-29-2014 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The shipping fee of $3.99 was a deal breaker for me!

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posted 07-30-2014 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I suppose at that price a visit to the Apollo 15 statuette of the Fallen Astronaut is included!

ColinBurgess
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posted 05-21-2015 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm pleased to report that the editing process for the revised and enlarged "Fallen Astronauts" has just been completed, and the book now goes to the page proof stage. Once I have received and approved these and reported any last-minute changes then the book goes into production.

It's a long process publishing through a university press (they are VERY meticulous), but I'm sure the end product will be an admirable addition to the Outward Odyssey series. The release is still a few months away, but I look forward to finally holding a copy in my hands.

ColinBurgess
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posted 09-01-2015 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today I received some good news from the University of Nebraska Press. The first is that the revised edition of "Fallen Astronauts" will be released on 1 May next year as part of the Outward Odyssey series. The second is that they have finally relented and decided to publish it in a hardcover version with dust jacket, rather than the softcover version originally planned.

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posted 09-02-2015 03:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hinkler   Click Here to Email hinkler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the information Colin. Look forward to buying a copy.

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posted 09-02-2015 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent news Colin, it deserves to be a hardback!

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posted 09-07-2015 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johntosullivan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin, hardback publication is great news. It will belong to the collection now, on the shelf.

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posted 09-07-2015 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why do I have a hardcover edition of Fallen Astronauts from UNP dated 2003?

ColinBurgess
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posted 09-07-2015 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When the book was first published as a paperback in 2003, UNP produced 200 hardcover copies for libraries and other educational institutions, but without a dust jacket, which has always griped me. This time it is a revised and expanded hardcover (with dust jacket) and is now part of the Outward Odyssey series, whereas before it was a stand-alone publication.

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posted 11-19-2015 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon, Revised Edition
by Colin Burgess and Kate Doolan
Near the end of the Apollo 15 mission, David Scott and fellow moonwalker James Irwin conducted a secret ceremony unsanctioned by NASA: they placed on the lunar soil a small tin figurine called "The Fallen Astronaut," along with a plaque bearing a list of names. By telling the stories of those sixteen astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the quest to reach the moon between 1962 and 1972, this book enriches the saga of humankind's greatest scientific undertaking, Project Apollo, and conveys the human cost of the space race.

Many people are aware of the first manned Apollo mission, in which Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee lost their lives in a fire during a ground test, but few know of the other five fallen astronauts whose stories this book tells as well, including Ted Freeman and C.C. Williams, who died in the crashes of their T-38 jets; the "Gemini Twins," Charlie Bassett and Elliot See, killed when their jet slammed into the building where their Gemini capsule was undergoing final construction; and Ed Givens, whose fatal car crash has until now been obscured by rumors.

Supported by extensive interviews and archival material, the extraordinary lives and accomplishments of these and other fallen astronauts — including eight Russian cosmonauts who lost their lives during training — unfold here in intimate and compelling detail. Their stories return us to a stirring time in the history of our nation and remind us of the cost of fulfilling our dreams.

This revised edition includes expanded and revised biographies and additional photographs.

ColinBurgess
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posted 12-13-2015 04:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today I returned the page proofs of the revised and expanded edition of "Fallen Astronauts" to the University of Nebraska Press, together with a number of small changes to be made. Once these have been attended to, and the index compiled, the book will eventually go for printing and binding. And I will repeat that this new edition - now part of the Outward Odyssey series - is being printed in a hardcover edition with a dust jacket. I have seen the cover art and it is excellent.

A very recent and very pleasant surprise is that last week I received a message from the creator of the Fallen Astronaut figurine, Paul von Hoeydonck, who let me know that he had read my book in its earlier edition and "liked it a lot." He is going to supply a back-cover comment for the revised edition. As you can imagine, this spontaneous message on his part means a lot to me, and adds even more to the overall theme of the book.

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posted 12-13-2015 07:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarexplorer   Click Here to Email lunarexplorer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just preordered my copy through University of Nebraska Press. I was very happy that I could apply a holiday code and save 30% which covered postage to Australia. I have not read the original and am looking forward to this one Collin. Congratulations on the support from Paul von Hoeydonck. That surely was the icing on the cake.

ColinBurgess
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posted 01-26-2016 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All the editing and indexing work has been completed, my work is done, and the book will now go into production. I would imagine a release should happen in about six weeks or so.


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