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Author Topic:   Footprints in the Dust: The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969-1975 (Outward Odyssey)
ColinBurgess
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posted 04-19-2010 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you'd like to order a discounted copy of "Footprints in the Dust" direct from the publishers, the University of Nebraska Press is offering copies, usually $34.95, for just $26.31. Simply go to the order section on their website and enter the code 6BUF in the discount code field of the shopping cart and check "update." This offer is only good until 30 April.

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posted 04-20-2010 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My copy arrived today (4/20).

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Got my copy three days ago. Nearly finished.

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Now available at my local Barnes & Noble - check yours - and if you have a B&N membership card - I got 20% off today and paid $27.96

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I just finished this perfect book. It is amazing that still - after so many years - there are stories not told before or not widely known, I learned a lot of new information.

I like it all, but reading the Apollo-Soyuz part was especially thrilling. Based on the personal experience Geoffrey Bowman managed to describe the launch atmosphere in KSC so lively that I could easily imagine the heat and moisture and fight for the best observation position as I would be there.

Simply another great addition to the fantastic series, I look forward to the rest.

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posted 04-28-2010 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've just noticed that Colin's first post asking for writers to contribute to Footprints in the Dust was posted exactly two years ago today!

So, did we live up to Colin and Francis' high standards?

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Mine arrived yesterday. I commend everyone who contributed for their hard work -- and also commend Colin for putting the whole thing together, which had to have been no small task! I look forward to giving it a close read when I have time.

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posted 04-29-2010 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just ordered my copy of "Footprints." I can't wait to read it!

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posted 05-03-2010 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DCCollector   Click Here to Email DCCollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know whether Dick Gordon will be doing any signings for this book?

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posted 05-04-2010 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps Colin would have better information, but as far as I know, right now there are no scheduled signings.

I can tell you that an author-signed bookplate project is in the works...stay tuned here for details!

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posted 05-04-2010 08:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But Dick will not be signing the bookplate.

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posted 05-04-2010 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately at this time I'm not aware of any specific Dick Gordon signings for the book. However I'm assuming he'll attend the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Autograph and Memorabilia Show at Kennedy Space Center in November and something may be arranged there. I'll be flying over to attend that function in November, but as my wife and I are sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale on the Sunday I will only be there and certainly available to sign any books at all on the Friday evening and all Saturday.

Yes, the information about the bookplates is quite correct; in fact I have a bundle of them in front of me right now that all of the authors are sending around to sign in turn. We will each keep a few of the fully-signed plates, and the rest will be going to Robert Pearlman for him to place in a number of copies that he will advertise for sale as soon as he gets them (he is last on the mailing list).

By the way, on the subject of Dick Gordon, he has told a good chum of mine that he loves "Footprints in the Dust" and it has brought back many fond, forgotten memories for him. He's a big fan.

While on the subject of "Footprints" and the mostly-collectSPACE and mostly first-time authors, I know they would really appreciate any feedback or reviews on the book. It was a mighty effort and we all did this as a labour of love. Apart from receiving two complimentary copies each, every single cent of any payments (including mine as editor/part author) goes to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, so any comments would be warmly received.

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posted 07-07-2010 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bernasconi   Click Here to Email Bernasconi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the fine tradition of Astronaut Reviews A Book and Stormtrooper Reviews A Book, we bring you, for "Footprints In The Dust," Alien Reviews A Book... with a very special guest appearance.

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posted 07-07-2010 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I happen to disagree with this reviewer; I still contend that Jack Schmitt was the last man to walk on the moon!

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In addition to Colin and Robert, and minus our absent friend Geoffrey Bowman, I was curious as to how many of the other chapter authors were going to be attending the ASF show in November in Florida. I do plan on bringing my copy of the book, along with a few other Colin Burgess authored books.

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posted 07-21-2010 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the author of Chapter 2 (Soviet moon effort) I'm eager to meet all the writers too! To be honest, I'm still undecided about attending the ASF event as it's a long way from Ireland to Florida...

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posted 07-21-2010 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kind words, Bruce. Geoffrey tells me he would love to go to the ASF show in November but just wouldn't be able to make it because of work commitments.

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posted 07-21-2010 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These events are too fun to stay away. Yes the economy is still bad, but the author of chapter 10 will be there. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones.

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The author of Chapter 3 will be attending!

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Originally posted by MCroft04:
Well, I happen to disagree with this reviewer; I still contend that Jack Schmitt was the last man to walk on the moon!

Schmitt was the last to "set foot upon" the Moon, but Cernan was the last to "step off" i.e. the last to walk on the surface.

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I wrote the first chapter, but I don't think I'm going to be able to make it to Florida in November. However, Bruce, I only live about an hour north of Charlotte. If you ever get up this way, I'd be glad to meet somewhere and sign your copy!

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Originally posted by dshaffer:
Schmitt was the last to "set foot upon" the Moon, but Cernan was the last to "step off" i.e. the last to walk on the surface.

You are correct; there's a post here that addresses this issue. I was just having some fun with the alien.

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I wrote Chapter 9 (Apollo 16) but unfortunately don't think that I will be able to make it to this great event this year. However, for anyone hoping to complete their collection of signed 'Outward Odyssey' books, there is a limited edition "Footprints in the Dust" bookplate signed by all the contributors (except Philip Baker, sadly) that is in the works and which I am sure will be announced here when it is completed and available.

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posted 08-01-2010 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Whizzospace   Click Here to Email Whizzospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. I finally ordered this superb edition, from an already superlative series. It is so wonderful to find enjoyable new insights, plus additional richness in known stories. To all of you fine contributors and our esteemed editor, thank you so much for a satisfying addition to our Apollo living history.

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posted 08-02-2010 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for those kind words about 'Footprints'

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posted 08-02-2010 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd like to add my thanks to those of Dominic. It's good to see such a positive response to "Footprints" as many of the book's author were first-timers and it is a massive (and deserved) thrill for them to see all their hard work and great words in print.

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Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. We all sure had fun writing it.

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Originally posted by Whizzospace:
To all of you fine contributors and our esteemed editor, thank you so much for a satisfying addition to our Apollo living history.
I'm sure all of the contributors are as happy as I was to see this review. Whizzo, if you would be willing to submit a formal review of the book along these lines to Amazon (and Amazon UK) it would help sales and direct more funds to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Thanks in anticipation...

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OK, I've put a little something on Amazon.com. Let's hope the slathery yet sincere praise helps raise a few more scholarships!

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Much appreciated. That's a very nice review...

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posted 08-15-2010 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May I add my sincere thanks as well, John. That is indeed a marvellous review on Amazon, and I know everyone connected with "Footprints" will be thrilled with your kind words.

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posted 08-20-2010 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I stopped by Border's in Portland, Maine this afternoon and was happy to see a copy of Footprints in the Dust on the shelf in the science section. Also present was a paperback copy of In the Shadow of the Moon.

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Mel, did you offer to sit down and do an impromptu book signing?

I have come across the book in several stores now, and I find it interesting that there is always just one copy. But this seems to be the case with most books in the "space" section.

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Not to shift the topic off the fine work at hand, but I swear I was the primary customer for every single copy space title in our major chain shop on the northwest side of town. Now that I must shop mostly via the Net, it seems there are always at least three copies. Keep pushing those retailers, Colin!

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I'll do my darndest, John, but meanwhile here are a few tips for the multiple authors of "Footprints."

Buying every copy you see would be terrific but as you'd go backwards financially, make sure that when you see a copy in a bookstore, identify yourself as the author and ask if they'd like to have it signed. Good for the seller and for you (in this case the ASF), as it means they can't return it as unsold and in pristine condition to the publisher.

If it's found spine out on the shelf, extract the book and face the cover to the front so that a casual browser can see it.

I think these are small sales tricks that many authors get up to.

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I took Colin's advice when I found two copies at the local Border's today. The manager was quite happy to have them signed and even put an "Author Signed" sticker on the cover!

I explained the nature of the project and the ASF connection. Got us cover-out placement on the shelf in the Science & Tech section.

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Colin, just bought a copy of this book via Amazon. Wonderful book by the way.

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At the ASF Autograph show "Footprints in the Dust" sold out fast. I tried to get a copy to have Colin Burgess and Mel Croft sign it and they we sold out. I tried to get Colin to sell me his but he would not bite.

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Not a big surprise that "Footprints" sold out at the table along side all the other "space" vendors, given the success of previous Outward Odyssey series books. But I was surprised that it sold out at the main visitor center store. The manager told me that every time he put out another stack of books, they sold right away. Must be that great pic of Charlie Duke traipsing across the lunar landscape. Nice to meet you Allen!

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I kick myself for not bringing a copy of "Footprints in the Dust" with me. The only one left was Colin's and he would not part with it. In fact I did bring my copies of "In the Shadow of the Moon" and "Into the Silent Sea" that Francis signed but in the rush to get out to the show forgot them in my hotel room.

It was a real pleasure meeting you too Mel. I really enjoyed meeting you guys. I will have to bring a copy with me and get you to sign it next year or perhaps Spacefest.


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