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ColinBurgess
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posted 01-25-2010 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Late last year, I was asked about indexes for the hardcover versions of "Into That Silent Sea" and "In the Shadow of the Moon" and I passed this along to the Nebraska Press. They admit that the decision to leave them out was an error in judgement and each book should have had an index (same problem with "Homesteading Space"). The response was quite a while coming, but they have now prepared an index for ITSS and made it available to me in PDF format. I have been told indexes for the other two books are being prepared and will also be made available to me.

So if you would like an index to print out and place into your copy of ITSS simply email me and I'll forward it on to you. I will also advise when those for the other books become available.

The paperback versions of all series books will carry a full index.

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posted 01-26-2010 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A small apology to those readers to whom I've sent the printable index for "Into That Silent Sea." After I began sending them out I realised that UNP had sent me an earlier version Francis French and I had received from them a while back in preparation for the paperback edition. It contained several errors, all of which we advised to the publishers - mostly to do with Russian patronymics and married names.

The index pagination remains exactly the same for the hardcover as well as the paperback edition, but I've now requested the modified version from UNP and will advise collectSPACErs when this becomes available. Meanwhile I've noted those to whom I've already sent the "old" version and will forward the revised index to them once I have received it.

It was because of this that Francis and I asked to review the index for "In the Shadow of the Moon" before it went to the printers. Fortunately we did, as it contained a number of similar errors that we asked to have rectified. For the most part, the person contracted to compile the index simply did not understand the rather difficult philosophy that applies to patronymics and the married surname of Russian women.

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Colin, that's awesome that you're taking the time to get those and send them out. It is MUCH appreciated, believe me. When you get the "corrected" version back, I'll send you an e-mail -- definitely want a copy of those!

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posted 03-03-2010 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Followers of the Outward Odyssey series will know that late last year Jay Gallentine was awarded a contract by the University of Nebraska Press for a follow-up book to his brilliant "Amabassadors from Earth" (now positively reviewed in "Air & Space" magazine). Jay's new book has been given the working title of "Touching Infinity."

However it is with a great deal of pleasure and personal satisfaction that I announce the author of the twelfth and final book in the series, "Wheels Stop," will be collectSPACE regular Rick Houston, who wrote such a great opening chapter for the soon-to-be-released series volume "Footprints in the Dust." Rick's book will take the shuttle story through from where the first shuttle book leaves off (the Challenger disaster) to the final space shuttle mission.

Folks, we have a series!

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The title of the final book in the series is perfect.

ColinBurgess
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posted 03-10-2010 04:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An update: Francis and I have now received the corrected index from UNP, so if anyone would like me to send them a copy to insert into their handback copies of "Into That Silent Sea" just send me an email and I'd be happy to oblige. It is watermarked, but that should not be of too much concern.

The paperback of "In the Shadow of the Moon" is, I believe, now about to go to the printers. As soon as I can get an index for that I will also make available copies for anyone who wishes to place an index in the back of their hardcover copies.

I might add that from "Ambassadors From Earth" on, all series books have - or will have - indexes. The paperback edition of "Homesteading Space" will also have an index included.

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posted 04-10-2010 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Delighted to report that the University of Nebraska Press has now sent me an index for "In the Shadow of the Moon" in the Outward Odyssey series. As with "Into That Silent Sea" the production staff at the time decided not to include an index which they now concede was a mistake. So if anyone would like to have an index they can print out and place in the back of their hardcover copy of ITSOTM, just e-mail me at the address in the info line above and I'd be pleased to forward a copy to you.

I might add that Francis and I have checked the index thoroughly to avoid a delay like last time and found it to be without fault.

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Besides the six available titles in the Outward Odyssey series:

2007: Into That Silent Sea
2008: In the Shadow of the Moon
2008: To a Distant Day
2008: Homesteading Space
2009: Ambassadors from Earth
2010: Footprints in the Dust

Are there already some future titles known/confirmed?

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ColinBurgess
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posted 08-16-2010 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Philip; certainly! Rather than repeat those listed earlier in this thread (see the post for 30 January 2009), you can add:
  • Touching Infinity: The Second Great Age of Solar System Exploration, by Jay Gallentine.

  • Wheels Stop: The End of the Shuttle Era, by Rick Houston.
All twelve volumes are now under contract.

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A gathering of UNP authors under Huntsville's Saturn V rocket this weekend.

Left to Right: Robert Pearlman (Footprints In The Dust epilogue), Francis French (Into That Silent Sea, In the Shadow of the Moon), Owen Garriott (Homesteading Space), Al Worden (To A Distant Day foreword), David Hitt (Homesteading Space), with Heather Smith of NASA Marshall.

All we needed was Jay Gallentine and we would have had someone from every published book. Jay, where were you?

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Hey, it's nice to be missed!

Sorry that I wasn't able to attend. I was here:

...tried to earn my astronaut wings, but only made it to 11,000 feet.

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posted 02-23-2012 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johntosullivan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin, will there be a series book published in 2012? Last one I received was Realizing Tomorrow last year.

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ColinBurgess
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John, unfortunately, the answer is no, as a couple of books unavoidably slipped beyond the 2012 publication schedule. That's the bad news; the good news is that all five of the remaining series books are at, or approaching, the submission stage, so 2013 may see as many as three series books published.

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I am working as hard as I can possibly go on one of them, I promise! The manuscript is at 140,000 words with another 20,000 or so to go before my April 1 deadline!

There are any number of interviews that have left me all but speechless, some in laughter and others almost in tears. Also, the willingness of several shuttle-era icons to help out with the project has truly been incredible.

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Thanks for the update Colin, excellent news about 2013! That gives me a few months to catch up and read Realizing.

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Rick, that sounds like the makings of a great book! Keep up the good work.

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Originally posted by Rick:
I am working as hard as I can possibly go on one of them, I promise!
I am trying to get mine done as soon as I possibly can as well. My title was one of the ones originally scheduled a long time ago for 2012, but when the shuttle and ISS completion schedules got delayed, I had to postpone as I don't want to write an incomplete manuscript.

But to quote Scotty "I'm given er all shes got Captain!"

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posted 10-31-2012 04:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While it has been a long, often difficult but ultimately enjoyable and satisfying exercise, the end is now in sight for the Outward Odyssey series of books on the social or human history of space exploration. Since I was first invited to become series editor by the University of Nebraska Press in 2003, seven volumes have been released, with five remaining. I now have fairly solid information on the schedule pertaining to the remaining five books which I can share with you.

First cab off the rank will be Michelle Evans' much-anticipated "X-15: WINGS INTO SPACE: Flying the first Reusable Spacecraft," and this book is now in early production with a release time frame of Spring 2013.

Next up is Rick Houston's marvellous "WHEELS STOP: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011." Now officially accepted for publication, this book is expected to be released in the Fall of 2013.

"BOLD THEY RISE: The First Space Shuttle Era" by David Hitt and Heather Smith will fall into the following release period of Spring 2014. There were unavoidable delays in the recent submission of this first-rate manuscript, which means that this and the Rick Houston book will be released out of sequence, but both books will be worth the wait, I can assure you.

It now seems that Jay Gallentine's follow-up effort to his award-winning first book will also be released in Spring 2014 - the first scheduled double-up effort for the series. "TOUCHING INFINITY: The Second Great Age of Solar System Exploration" continues the story begun with "AMBASSADORS TO EARTH" by Jay, although there may yet be a change in the working title.

The final, but certainly not least book in the series, "OUTPOSTS ON THE FRONTIER: Space Laboratories and Stations in Orbit" by Jay Chladek is now in the final throes of writing and self-editing by Jay prior to submission. It is likely to be included in the Press's Fall 2014 release catelogue.

It's amazing to think that some nine years have now gone by sincve the Outward Odyssey series was first mooted, but they have been nine extraordinary years in which a whole new cadre of space authors - most coming from within the realms of collectSPACE - have seized the opportunity to write a book, and I have to say all have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.

I realise that for the many loyal buyers and readers of the series it is a long, drawn-out process getting all twelve books on the shelves, but the final books are now in various stages of final preparation and I would like to thank eveyone here for their much-appreciated encouragement and support over the years.

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Thanks for the update Colin, I can't wait for all of these. This series sets the bar for the topics covered by each volume. Great stuff.

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Colin ... you have NO idea how much I've been looking forward to seeing a post like this! Working on "Wheels Stop" has been one of the coolest experiences of my professional life. I thank you for your friendship, your encouragement and your guidance over these last few years.

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Final throes indeed. I'm in the home stretch with the manuscript, although there is still a couple minor hurdles I have to climb before I reach the summit. But lord willing, this will be just as good as the rest of the series has been.

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Great News Colin. Looking forward to them.

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After reading 'Footprints in the Dust', I can say that all volumes in this series will stand the test of time and should still be taken from the shelf (or downloaded? 'read' via telepathic ebook?) and perused in 50 or 100 years' time.

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Colin, it's been an honor to be involved.

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I am looking to read the Outward Odyssey Series and was wondering what the correct order to read it in is to get the most out of it?

ColinBurgess
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The chronological sequence so far would be: To a Distant Day; Into That Silent Sea, In the Shadow of the Moon, Footprints in the Dust, Homesteading Space, Realizing Tomorrow, with Ambassadors From Earth fitting in anywhere. The next series book, due out in the spring, will be Michelle Evans's amazing story of the X-15.

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I've read each volume in the series so far except Realizing Tomorrow (which I own but haven't cracked yet.) Colin and everyone else involved with producing these books have done an outstanding job of making each volume stand on its own, so I wouldn't sweat the sequence too much if you already have some command of the subject. That said, it's probably advisable to take the three volumes covering early human spaceflight through the moon landings in order as Colin listed them.

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Thanks for that Colin and GoesTo11 as I don't at the moment own any of these books. I will buy/read them in the order Colin suggested.

I take the point that they are probably all stand alone works in their own right but hopefully a more complete picture will be gleaned if read in order.

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Well, went along to my local book shop here in Whyalla, South Australia to be told they were all out of print. I'm assuming this isn't true. I might ring Dymocks in the city.

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None of the Outward Odyssey series books are out of print, in fact the first ones are now being republished in paperback format. You will find it difficult locating copies in Australian bookstores (and if so they will be expensive). My suggestion is to go to an online retailer such as Amazon.com to obtain copies quickly and at a good price.

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I've been holding onto some big news concerning the Outward Odyssey series, but today I can reveal future possibilities for the series. First of all, a revised and expanded "Fallen Astronauts" looks as if it will be joining the OO series, although this is yet to be officially confirmed. I am obviously delighted, as I have been trying to get the book republished with some new material and photographs for some time - and this time with a hardback dust jacket!

The second exciting news is that UNP have asked me to explore the possibility of expanding the series beyond the current 12 volumes, and to stay on as series editor if that comes to pass. So as usual I am turning to the readers of collectSPACE for ideas. All the Outward Odyssey titles are listed elsewhere in this thread and I believe the past, present and future of space exploration has been fairly extensively covered in these 12 titles, but does anyone have any ideas they can post here on possible book concepts that I could consider? One thought I did have was to ask a multi-flown astronaut very well known to me to write or co-write a book on his experiences, but apart from this and a reissued "Fallen Astronauts" I'd also be looking at getting a further two titles under way.

So could I ask you to put on your collective thinking caps and come up with some ideas for the expansion of the Outward Odyssey series? Of course I will also be seeking authors for those volumes.

To those folks who hoped to complete the series with the 12 previously-announced volumes, my apologies, but I do hope all of the above is considered to be good news.

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That's great news, Colin! And no apologies are really necessary, because new sources and authors for an expanded series can only bring fresh insight and perspective (think an Encyclopedia Britannica of Spaceflight).

As for new topics/authors, two come to mind: a volume, with a flight controller/director as co-author, covering his service from Gemini/Apollo thru the Shuttle program; maybe a younger person from 'the trench' can give his/her take on shuttle missions flown up to the program's end too. Also, the role of the scientists/engineers who prepared the astronauts for flights to the moon has always fascinated me, like Gene Shoemaker and Farouk El-Baz. Maybe these 'earthbound astronauts' deserve a volume or two.

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Terrific news, Colin! I really thought the first edition of Fallen Astronauts was an "under the radar" book, even among space enthusiasts (I myself stumbled upon it quite by accident while searching for info about the Freeman, Williams, and See/Bassett crashes.) I've no doubt that the new edition will find a deservedly larger audience as a part of the Outward Odyssey series.

As for potential new topics, I'll strongly second poster onesmallstep's suggestion of a volume focused on the Apollo support personnel, especially the flight controllers and scientists. Reading Chaikin's A Man on the Moon and Murray & Cox's Apollo, as well as individual memoirs by people like Kranz, Kraft, and Sy Liebergot, really whet my appetite in this area. I'd love to know more from those involved about things like how they prepared themselves and the astronauts for their missions, their working relationships with the crews, and how they "teamed" with the astronauts to meet all their objectives while conducting the actual flights. I'd be particularly interested in firsthand accounts of the well-known tension between the engineering and scientific communities inside the Apollo program, and how this was mitigated to maximize the missions' value in both arenas.

Jay Gallentine did a fantastic job producing a collective memoir of the "earthbound astronauts" of humanity's early planetary explorations; I'd love to see a similar treatment given to the groundbounders of Apollo.

Again, it's great to hear that the Outward Odyssey series will continue, and thanks so much for soliciting suggestions from us cSers. I'm sure you won't lack for input here

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Linda Kindzierski, a cS member, shared an idea with me once that I hope she won't mind me suggesting. How about a book co-authored by one or more of the M-G-A children of astronauts about their lives growing up with an astronaut for a father.

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Thank you to those who have come up with some creative concepts for new Outward Odyssey books. I'm keeping note of them all and will come to a decision over the next few weeks, which I will pass on to the Nebraska Press for their consideration. However it would be good to hear some more suggestions. One of my own thoughts was to have a book detailing the story of the shuttle payload specialists. So please keep those ideas coming in folks.

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There has been a decent amount of info that has become available regarding the Soviet program since the wall fell, so maybe there would be a good book there telling the story of the Soviet program. It would be a massive undertaking, but I think it would be a good addition to the series.

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A few thoughts:
  1. Women in space
  2. Europeans in space and the role of ESA and its forerunners
  3. Reassessment of von Braun and his team's contribution to the German and U.S. space programs
  4. Science fiction as a predictor and motivator for space travel e.g. HG Wells, Heinlein, Bradbury, Asimov, Orson Scott Card, etc.

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No ideas. Except for a real John Young autobiography...

But there's a book about Women in Space, "Women in Space: Following Valentina", David Shayler, Ian Moule, Springer-Praxis, 2005.

There's also a title from Springer regarding Europe in space. ESA history is available from ESA's web site. There are two von Braun biographies by Michael Neufeld (2007) and Stuhlinger Ernst, Ordway Frederick (1996).

To what extent there are "new" material out there to make books on these topics, I don't know. So I'm not critical of your suggestions, just saying!

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I like the idea that Mel put out regarding Space Kids. Several years ago I went to a lecture by Scott Carpenter, Kris (Carpenter) Stoever, and Thomas Mallon. Kris used the expression NASA Brat to describe herself and other astronaut children. It got me thinking about the subject.

She wanted to write a book about the selection process for the original seven but now Colin has that title with “Selecting the Mercury Seven”. I’m not sure if there is enough new material for a second book so soon.

She is an excellent person to write NASA Brats if she has interest to write another book. “For Spacious Skies” took her five years, is very well written and also has the close personal experience. She herself is a NASA Brat and I’m sure friends with many other NASA Brats. Some were very young and unaware but some where old enough to understand the uniqueness of the career. Now 50 plus years later I find it interesting that only Richard Garriott followed his father into space. He had to do so as a space tourist but with his life long interest, passion and the training received he is certainly more of an astronaut than Senator Jake Garn and then Congressman Bill Nelson. There is one Russian cosmonaut who has a son that launched just before Richard.

NASA Brats would be very interesting and can include what some thought at the time when they lived so closely with other astronaut families and thought it an everyday experience to have Dad go to space and their thoughts now as an adult knowing how unique it was. Also many of today’s NASA Brats see Mom go to space. How many considered science or flight as a career and who thought of NASA as a career when they hit career age.

The topic is one off of what has been in the OO series so far but still very much of the era and gives more depth on the people who make it all happen.

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quote:
Originally posted by jvertrees:
There is one Russian cosmonaut who has a son that launched just before Richard.
There are two: Sergei Volkov (Soyuz TMA-12, ISS 17, Soyuz TMA-02M, ISS-28/29), the son of Alexander Volkov (Soyuz T-14, Soyuz TM-7, Soyuz TM-13), and Roman Romanenko (Soyuz TMA-15, ISS 20/21, Soyuz TMA-08M, ISS 34/35), son of Yuri Romanenko (Soyuz 26, Soyuz 38, Soyuz TM-2).


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