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heng44
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posted 10-23-2008 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am jealous! I ordered my copy a week ago and Amazon gives me an estimated shipping date of November 8!

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posted 10-23-2008 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed, you still believe what's on Amazon's pages?

For one item which was "in stock", the shipping estimate was in four weeks (Jerry Carr's bio). I gave up.

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posted 10-23-2008 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got my copy straight from University of Nebraska Press. From order to delivery - 1 week. Just started reading it last night. Looks to be another great book in the series. Can't wait to get it signed @ ASF show!

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posted 10-31-2008 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My copy has arrived, one week before the estimated shipping date Amazon gave me!

I am impressed by just looking at the book: it seems to have as many pages as 'Into That Silent Sea' and 'In the Shadow of the Moon' combined. Well, almost...

I have been peeking at the diary excerpts and can't wait to start reading...

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posted 11-02-2008 03:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent book. I received it two days ago and already I am on page 154!

DavidH
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posted 11-03-2008 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, it's not THAT long. Amazon originally listed it as 704 pages, and I was horrified.

Glad you're enjoying it!

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I decided rather than order one and schlep it around the country I'd just buy one from Joe at the ASF shindig. I hope he has plenty of copies!

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posted 11-20-2008 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Taken at the ASF show, here are book authors and other Skylab alumni (Weitz, Kerwin, Bean, and Lousma) with the book...

Jay Chladek
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posted 11-21-2008 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got my copy of Air & Space magazine in the mail yesterday (January 2009 issue) and Roger Lanius has a blurb in it about "Homesteading Space" in the Reviews and Previews section. In summary, he gives it good marks.

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posted 11-21-2008 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got my copy from Amazon on Wednesday, less than a week after ordering it.

Lots of great stuff! I got a good laugh out of reading that they classified the neutral buoyancy tank at Marshall as a "portable tool" to get it built quickly, rather than wading through the sea of red tape had they called it a facility construction project.

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posted 11-22-2008 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are the authors together with Richard Garriott, who carried the cover of Homesteading Space with him on his trip to the International Space Station.

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posted 11-22-2008 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert - as you'll understand, that is a very special photograph for me to see. Many, many thanks for taking it and sharing it on collectSPACE. I can't stop smiling!

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posted 11-24-2008 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
I got my copy of Air & Space magazine in the mail yesterday (January 2009 issue) and Roger Lanius has a blurb in it about "Homesteading Space" in the Reviews and Previews section. In summary, he gives it good marks.

Dr. Launius is a former NASA chief historian and a pretty good author himself, so anything positive from him should be considered a compliment. However, there is a mistake in his review; 3rd paragraph last sentence reads "That crew (Skylab 2 commanded by Pete Conrad) returned to Earth on June 22, and two other crews followed, one with Garriott, the other with Bean." Bean and Garriott flew together on Skylab 3.

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posted 01-13-2009 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AndrewLiptak   Click Here to Email AndrewLiptak     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Posted my review.

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posted 01-13-2009 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joe Kerwin gave a very pleasant presentation tonight at the George Bush Library at Texas A&M University. It was great to have him come talk. Unfortunately there were a few errors in his narrative: the Kennedy challenge to go to the moon in 1962, Titov making the first space walk, etc. Not many mistakes but a few that were noticeable to me. Maybe it was whoever prepared the paper brief he referenced during the talk. But regardless, it was great to have another legend in College Station and there will be more space flight legends appearing at the Bush Library in the months to come. Kerwin also had approx 90 books on hand for sale and he autographed everything (that I could tell) that was presented to him.

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posted 02-06-2009 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finished reading Homesteading Space last week and posted the following review on Amazon. Compliments to the authors and series editor for another great read! If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it!!!

Homesteading Space, the story of Skylab, is another outstanding addition to the very popular Outward Odyssey series! This installment, like its predecessors, includes numerous insightful and humorous personal stories, many previously untold, of the brave men who flew these pioneering missions. I often had the feeling while reading the book that I was at a cocktail party shooting the breeze with these brave heroes as well as many of the support personnel responsible for getting the missions off the ground. Most enjoyable is the focus on the wonderful leadership skills of Commander Alan Bean during the second manned Skylab mission. Astronaut Bean seemed to walk in the shadow of Commander Pete Conrad on his earlier Apollo 12 mission to the moon where Bean was the Lunar Module Pilot, but I always felt that if called upon that Bean could have taken command and done an equally impressive job. On Bean's Skylab mission he proved his command and leadership skills, and Homesteading Space helps the reader understand Bean's leadership style and passion. But all nine of the Skylab astronauts are showcased in this wonderful story of America's first space station, giving the reader a close-up look at what it took to test the unknowns of long duration space flight. The book also highlights how the pilot and scientist astronauts worked together as a team to ensure all scientific experiments were carried out as planned. Homesteading Space tells the human story of a pioneering space mission that proved humans could live and work for long durations in outer space, and paved the way for the International Space Station! It's more than a story about pioneering exploration; it conveys to the reader what it was like to live for months in outer space!

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I just returned from Alabama (11 hour drive home) and I had the pleasure/honor to get my copy of Homesteading Space (and my friend Marcy's copy) signed not only by all 3 of the authors Hitt, Garriott and Kerwin, but Homer Hickam who did the forward, Alan Bean who's in flight diary is in the book and Sklylab alumnus and local Michigan man Jack Lousma. It was a thrill to finally meet Owen, earlier in the afternoon I stood with him as they unveiled the restored Apolllo 12 quarantine trailer. Richard Gordon and Alan Bean were present along with another Skylab alumnus Ed Gibson. Scott Carpenter was spotted at an earlier dedication outside. So for a book signing event this was the best one that I have ever attended. I am still reading the book and I have made it into the 3rd crew on board. Lots of great stories and I will recommend it to anyone I come across. This is another outstanding addition to the series of books from UNP!

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posted 02-09-2009 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On Sunday I attended the Jerry Carr book signing of his book "Around the World in 84 Days" in Houston. After he signed his book for me, I asked him to sign my copy of Homesteading Space. As he signed, he remarked that he had not yet received his personal copy of the book yet. Is there anyone out there who can correct this tremendous oversight? Seems strange that the Commander of Skylab 4 doesn't have his copy yet. Thank you.

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posted 02-10-2009 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure if anyone promised Jerry a copy sometime, but contract-wise the only obligation the series publisher has in providing complimentary copies is to the author/s, the person supplying the foreword, and the people who write a short review based on the page proofs (known as a "blurb") for the back cover of the book.

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posted 02-10-2009 12:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes sir, I understand the obligation, but how about a courtesy? No slight to anyone involved, but couldn't someone now send him a book, maybe even complimentary? As he said that he didn't have one yet, I was almost compelled to let him have mine. Probably would have been the generous thing for me to do, but I didn't. Someone send me his address/email/or phone number and I'll buy one for him.

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posted 03-02-2009 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just finished the book. In one word -- outstanding. What a tremendous explanation of the program and the trials that it went through (plus incredible small details).

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posted 03-03-2009 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

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posted 03-04-2009 02:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm part way through it and agree with the earlier sentiments about the quality and detail of the writing. For me Skylab has always been an under-sung project and this book goes a long way to making that good.

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I know from recent e-mail contact Bill Pogue of Skylab 4 needed to buy his copy of Homesteading Space from Amazon. I just received my copy today (Fri. Mar/6/09) and am looking very forward to reading it soon.

Just forward shout out. Col. Pogue is working on his memoirs with the working title "But for the Grace of God".

Will there be any additional scheduled signings for "Homesteading" with all the authors available? Looks like many of us missed a great opportunity about a month ago. I would love to have a copy signed by at least the five on the dust jacket. As Skylab was built in St. Louis I suggest that city for a signing and reunion of Skylab astronauts. It will also be a short trip for me.

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posted 03-06-2009 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to collectSPACE. Interesting to read that Bill Pogue is contemplating writing his own book, especially when his crewmate Jerry Carr has had his own memoirs recently published, in addition to "Homesteading Space."

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Colin, thank you, collectSPACE is a fairly recent discovery for me. A lot of good information and contacts can be found in here. I attended the ASF show at Kennedy in November, my first such show. It was a lot of fun and I got my first chance at a live viewing of an original Bean painting.

Bill Pogue has been working on his memoirs since 2003. He is in the final phase on editing. I believe he may now have an interested publisher. No idea if he will sign with them or keep looking. His presentations are entertaining and his Bathroom Q & A and Space Trivia books give very clear and concise answers to many questions so I expect a lot out of his memoirs. I am a fan of the topic but not an easy mark, I have found a few astronaut autobiographies hard treading. Thankfully most are good and a few really outstanding.

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Just got my copy of Honesteading Space back through the mail from Jerry Carr. The book has done the return journey across the pond three times and now has all eight of the surviving Skylab astros' signatures in it - six obtained in person and two through the mail. Job done.

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posted 10-14-2010 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice to see what a copy signed by all the authors looks like, especially as it is being auctioned for a good cause.

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posted 04-09-2011 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A paperback edition is due Nov.1 (Amazon.com)

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Originally posted by cspg:
A paperback edition is due Nov.1 ...

Interestingly, Joe Kerwin told me last November that he was surprised when the hardcover version of Homesteading Space came out that there was no index! (Obviously, a non-fiction book will have an index, right?)

It had not occurred to him to ask about the index in advance for the hardcover, but he was pleased to say that the paperback version will include an index.

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Just bought a copy signed by Hitt, Hickam, Kerwin, Garriott, and Lousma. It is a great book and an interesting read

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posted 07-29-2011 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Bison paperback edition of this book is still slated for a November 1st release, and unlike the original hardcover edition it does contain an index, which has just been sent to me. If you have a hardcover edition and would like to print out a (UNP watermarked) copy of the index to enclose in your copy, just let me know off-forum and I'll fire a copy straight back to you

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Colin is true to his word. I enquired some weeks ago about the availability of an index for this book and Colin told me he would send it as soon as the University of Nebraska sent to him. This morning I received it. He had already sent me the indexes for 'Into That Silent Sea' and 'In The Shadow Of The Moon' so I am very indebted to him. Colin is not only a fine author but a gentleman as well. Thank you Colin.

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posted 07-31-2011 01:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree. I also received the index soon after I've emailed him.

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posted 08-03-2011 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would love to have an index for my copy of the book. Not sure where to find Colin's email address though...

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posted 08-03-2011 09:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Message read, reply and index coming to you. For future reference, just look above any message on collectSPACE and you'll see four little symbols. Just click on the small one with the question marks and it should give you the poster's email address.

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posted 10-09-2011 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a heads-up that the quality softcover version of "Homesteading Space" (with index!) is now available from the University of Nebraska Press. Alternatively, it can be ordered from Amazon, where a Kindle version is also available for downloading.


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