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posted 04-25-2009 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rmiller   Click Here to Email rmiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some interesting new titles have been added to the Black Cat Press Conquest of Space series.

Most noteworthy is probably "To the Moon and Back in Ninety Days." Originally published in 1922 this is one of the rarest and most unusual of all the early spaceflight stories. Told in a documentary style, it is profusely illustrated with photos and diagrams, including photos of the spacecraft and space-suited astronauts. Indeed, the book contains a remarkably detailed description of a working space suit. The book includes more than 60 photographic illustrations.

Other recent additions include the third volume of Howard R. Garis' "Rocket Rider" series. The fourth and final volume will appear in the near future.

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posted 10-20-2010 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rmiller   Click Here to Email rmiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latest addition to the Black Cat Press collection of classic space literature is David Russen's "Iter Lunaire." Originally published in 1703, "Iter Lunaire" is one of the first books to discuss the real possibility of exploring space, the methods of doing so and what might be found there. Taking Cyrano De Bergerac's classic "Comic History" as its jumping-off point, author Russen discusses the pros and cons of the French writer's fanciful methods of space travel... and adds some of his own, including what may be the most unusual method of traveling to the Moon ever suggested. Along the way, Russen anticipates such modern scientific developments as the germ theory of disease and hyperlinked reference books.

The text has been entirely reset for modern readers. All of Russen's spelling and punctuation has been left intact, with the exception of the modern use of quotation marks and the substitution of the lower-case "s" for the "long s" of the original (which is too easy to confuse with an "f").

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posted 11-12-2010 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rmiller   Click Here to Email rmiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latest addition to the Black Cat Press reprint list is "Pioneers of Space" by "Professor" George Adamski. In the early 1950s, Adamski laid the groundwork for all subsequent UFO contactees. And in this bizarre novel he created many of the incidents and qualities he later attributed to the "actual" inhabitants of Venus, Mars and Saturn he later claimed to have met. In addition, we get a look at some of the strange "science" this self-proclaimed astronomer believed in. "Facts" such as there must be oxygen in space otherwise the sun could not burn...

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posted 02-14-2011 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rmiller   Click Here to Email rmiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've recently added the first complete, unabridged English translation of "Doctor Omega" (1906) to the Black Cat Press series of historic space book reprints...

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