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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.

johntosullivan
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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.

bwhite1976
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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.

sfurtaw
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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!

nelyubov
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posted 12-18-2013 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nelyubov   Click Here to Email nelyubov     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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.


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