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posted 05-13-2007 06:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collocation   Click Here to Email collocation     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any opinions or reviews of this book would be greatly appreciated

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posted 05-14-2007 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwayne Day   Click Here to Email Dwayne Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read a review that will be published shortly. It's an awkward book, originally written in the 1940s. Not very good on plot or characters or dialogue. Mainly interesting as a historical piece.

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posted 05-14-2007 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reprints exist already, just a technical book but great stuff for the Mars enthusiasts

Larry McGlynn
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posted 05-14-2007 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the reprint from Apogee Books. I have read part of it. It is a methodical (slow), technical book with very fine print that requires a lot of focus to read.

It is great for the space history enthusiast, since it gives an extremely good view of von Braun's plan for the conquest of Space and a voyage to Mars.

If you are looking for a light summertime read, this is not it. If you are looking to gain some insight into von Braun's plans for Space exploration, then it would be well worth the necessary work to read it.

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posted 05-14-2007 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Larry, you've hit the nail right on the head. If you're looking for riveting, fast-reading science fiction, look elsewhere. (My personal preference in Arthur C. Clarke.) However, if you're interested in a unique (and somewhat surprising) look into the mind of a visionary that played a key role in the actual pioneering of space flight, this is a book to be relished. I'm not in a hurry to read it again, but I'm happy it's part of my collection.

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posted 05-15-2007 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Timely to this thread, from The Huntsville Times:
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What was Wernher thinking?

In the late 1940s, not long after coming to the United States and not long after working on rocket weapons amid the horrors of World War II Germany, Dr. Wernher von Braun wrote "Project Mars: A Technical Tale" about astronauts exploring the Red Planet.


Continue reading Tales of von Braun vision

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posted 05-15-2007 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To clarify, there are two versions of essentially the same book. One is strictly technical non-fiction, the other is in novel/fictional form but has much technical detail.

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posted 05-15-2007 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collocation   Click Here to Email collocation     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those that have a copy of the book(s) are there any technical drawings or pictures within the pages

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posted 05-15-2007 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Mars Project (non-fiction) has drawings and diagrams and tables, etc. Project Mars (the novel) has Bonestell paintings and other drawings.

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posted 05-15-2007 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, Apogee advertises "Project Mars: A Technical Tale" as the first publication of the novel, in 2006. "The Mars Project" was first published in the 50's and reprinted in later editions.

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posted 05-15-2007 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwayne Day   Click Here to Email Dwayne Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the Huntsville Times:
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Cook will be part of a diverse panel discussing von Braun's unique approach to science fiction Thursday night at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Also appearing are actress Chase Masterson, perhaps best known for her role on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"; film director James Kerwin; and Austin Boyd, who has been a spacecraft engineer, Navy pilot, NASA astronaut finalist, nuclear weapons engineer, has served in lay ministries and is author of the "Mars Hill Classified" series of novels, among other writings.
I sorta doubt that the "panel" is discussing this. The topic is probably science fiction in general.

The subject is worth discussing, however...

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posted 05-15-2007 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the U.S. Space & Rocket Center release that describes the event.

Philip
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posted 01-20-2008 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
YouTube: Mars & Beyond 6 of 6 - Travel to Mars
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Werner von Braun worked with Walt Disney to produce this section about how we might get to Mars. This was actually sent to President Eisenhower & was the current thinking at the time, which became so scaled down to what we did to get to the moon!

Rare Walt Disney Space series from 1957, speculating about Mars. Remember, almost 50 years ago, only Sputnik had gone up 2 months earlier!


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