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dsenechal
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posted 10-05-2006 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wanted to let you all know that my new (and yes, my first) book is finally available. It's entitled "Footprints on a Secret Moon". It's about a young man who grew up during the Apollo era, with a dream of becoming an astronaut and flying to the moon. With financing from an unlikely benefactor, and more than a little help from his friends, he "borrows" an unused Gemini spacecraft and modifies it so it can be used to make a moon landing (this may strike a chord with many collectSpace readers). I have no illusions that this effort meets the definition of "fine literature", but people who've read it say it's a good read, and reviews and feedback thus far (including collectSpacers and people "in the business") have been very positive. Here's a copy of the announcement that provides a few more details, as well as availability. Dave Senechal

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posted 10-06-2006 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacecraft films   Click Here to Email spacecraft films     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read this book in almost a single sitting. While I don't particularly like one aspect of the plot (which I have expressed to Dave, even before the publication), I found it very refreshing to read an account such as this written by someone who cares to be accurate and is very knowledgeable about the subject.

I must say I identified with the characters a great deal... (who among us hasn't fantasized about a similar mission?) and this made it a very enjoyable read. It's a great idea and ride to enjoy and I would recommend it... with my previous plot reservation (which I can't say directly for spoiler reasons). Very nice job, Dave.

Mark

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posted 10-10-2006 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the title...

tegwilym
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posted 10-10-2006 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Description kind of sounds like a combination of the movie "Stowaway to the Moon" and the old show "Salvage I".

Sounds like fun!

Dwayne Day
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posted 10-11-2006 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwayne Day   Click Here to Email Dwayne Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So, the astronaut is supposed to land the vehicle while facing downward? And as soon as he opens the hatch he is going to fall out!

pollux
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posted 10-11-2006 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pollux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Given the choice between landing upside down, and not going to the moon at all, I know which option most of us would settle for :-)

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posted 10-11-2006 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
- from the book -
Most noticeable, though, was that the capsule was now upside down. Alan had wrestled with this one for a long time. His dilemma had been finding a way to see out his window as he was landing on the moon. With the original plan of attaching the landing gear to the rear end of the spacecraft, Alan was contemplating mirrors and TV cameras to allow him to see what would be going on behind him when he landed. Driving himself crazy.

One afternoon, Tom had been standing next to Alan, both of them staring at the Gemini capsule and scratching their heads. Tom looked over at Alan. "How many g's will you be pulling when you fire that thing up and land?" he asked.

"Just a little more than one. No big deal."

"So the shoulder harness and lap belt would be strong enough to hold you upside down?"

"They're rated at more than eight. Why?"

Just as he asked 'Why?', the light came on, and Alan's face broke into a huge smile. Tom was already grinning.

"Man, you're amazing," Alan said. "This solves everything."

Well, it didn't solve quite everything, but Tom's idea of attaching the landing gear and engine to the nose instead of the rear of the Gemini did solve one of the biggest problems thus far - seeing out the window during landing.

Rather than lying on his back and wondering what was happening as he backed his spaceship to a landing; Alan would be hanging, suspended from his seat by his restraint harnesses, with a direct view of everything that was happening through the front hatch window. Genius!

Dwayne Day
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posted 10-13-2006 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwayne Day   Click Here to Email Dwayne Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Uh, yeah, "genius."

Until he has to get back into the craft.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-15-2006 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dwayne Day:
Until he has to get back into the craft.
To be fair, Dave provides a mechanism for Alan Malone getting back into the capsule as well.

I finished reading Footprints this evening and generally enjoyed it. I can honestly say that it left me wanting for more of Alan Malone's story.

Like Mark, I have my own reservations regarding a central plot point but also like Mark, I found myself empathizing with the main character.

I would describe Footprints as somewhere between soft and hard science fiction. At some points, the attention to detail illustrates David's passion for history; at other times, depending on your knowledge of how the present-day NASA operates, you need a healthy suspension of disbelief.

I know David is a spacecraft modeler and model enthusiast. His take on a modified Gemini is fun to imagine and comes to life on the cover of the book. I can easily see some of his fellow hobbyists accepting the challenge to modify their own Gemini model kits accordingly.

Gilbert
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posted 10-16-2006 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking forward to reading the book. Didn't a 1960s movie starring James Caan use a modified Gemini capsule (similar to the one depicted on the book's cover) for a moon landing?

FFrench
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posted 10-16-2006 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Gilbert:
I am looking forward to reading the book. Didn't a 1960s movie starring James Caan use a modified Gemini capsule (similar to the one depicted on the book's cover) for a moon landing?

Here it is.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 10-16-2006 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave--How are you? I'll have to get a copy of the book and look forward to reading it.

Steve Procter
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posted 10-17-2006 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Francis, the first illustration of the 'lunar Gemini' - are you sure this didn't come from an episode of 'The Clangers'. NASA never let on about where Neil and Buzz got the soup!

Steve

dsenechal
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posted 10-17-2006 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken, Doing fine, thanks. It's been awhile since we've visited - hope you and yours are well and happy. Dave

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posted 10-22-2006 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for freshspot   Click Here to Email freshspot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I enjoyed Footprints on a Secret Moon a great dealómuch more than I had expected. I read it in just two sittings. I read about a book a week and probably ten percent or so are space related.

After reading virtually all of the Apollo astronaut biographies, this thriller was a welcome breath of fresh air. Iíd compare the plot, pacing, and attention to technical detail to that of an early Tom Clancy novel, except that Footprints is not as drawn out.

Iím also an author (a novel called Eyeball Wars and several non-fiction books on internet marketing) so I know how much work goes into what Senechal has accomplished. I wish that Senechal had made the book about twice as long. It would have been cool with longer scenes. I found myself wanting more detail, character development, and dialog at virtually every twist and turn.

Kudos to David Senechal for a job well done. Maybe there will be a further Alan Malone adventure?

Dave Scott
(not the astronaut)

dsenechal
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posted 12-02-2006 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My thanks to everyone here who's purchased the book thus far, and for all of your nice comments and reviews. The publisher only tallies sales every few months, so I'm not sure how many copies have sold, but I'm guessing a reasonable number. The book is readily available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, and many other on-line and traditional bookstores. Just in time for your Holiday gift giving! Thanks again.

Dave

Larry McGlynn
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posted 12-02-2006 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to David I read his book. I enjoyed it. It is a fast read. I thought the plot was unique with a twist that I did not expect.

I am glad to have an author signed copy in my book collection.

Thank you Dave. I appreciate your work and effort.

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Larry McGlynn
A Tribute to Apollo

dsenechal
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posted 10-24-2009 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm happy to report that my publisher and Amazon.com have resolved their p***ing contest. My book, Footprints on a Secret Moon, is once again available through Amazon, with discount, free shipping, etc.

If you'd prefer a signed copy, please email me. Same price as Amazon with free US shipping. Dave

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