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ColinBurgess
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posted 07-20-2010 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It gives me great pleasure to announce the imminent publication of the next volume in the Outward Odyssey series. It is "Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight" by Chris Dubbs and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, with a foreword by Charlie Walker.

This book traces the incredible history and evolution of private space endeavours, including such remarkable innovators as Robert Truax. There are copious quotes from people who were, and are, an inherent and vital part of this story.

Chris Dubbs is a truly wonderful and scholarly writer; he and I co-authored the Springer-Praxis book, "Animals in Space: From Research Rockets to the Space Shuttle." Emeline, along with her husband Eric, has been an integral part of the private spaceflight scene for many years, and is currently acting as Payload Flight Manager for the Odyssey Moon company.

A few details of the book (albeit sparse at the moment) can be found on the University of Nebraska website.

The website gives an official release date of 1 June 2011, but based on previous experience I would expect this book to begin customer delivery in March next year.

Chris Dubbs
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posted 08-13-2010 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Dubbs   Click Here to Email Chris Dubbs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the introduction Colin. It has been a very long wait for the appearance of this next volume in the Outward Odyssey series, as the release schedule got pushed back several times. But finally its appearance is on the horizon. The University of Nebraska Press has just released this tentative cover.

My co-author and I are much indebted to so many helpful cS regulars for their suggestions, the sharing of their experiences, and their help in making contacts, including cS host Robert Pearlman. The volume presents personal accounts of the movement of private individuals and private companies into space, from Gerard O’Neill to SS1.

The most daunting part of the whole writing experience was trying to live up to the very high standards that have been set by all of the previous authors in this series.

If you think you might be interested in the book, you can leave your email at the link in Colin's post, and the Press will notify you when the book appears in the spring.

jasonelam
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posted 08-13-2010 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful photo choice for the cover! Can't wait to read!

cspg
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posted 10-12-2010 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book now appears on the Outward Odyssey homepage (a little bug was fixed after I emailed the University of Nebraska).

cspg
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posted 11-04-2010 01:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the Amazon link: Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight

Chris Dubbs
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posted 04-19-2011 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Dubbs   Click Here to Email Chris Dubbs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am happy to report that the long-delayed next volume in the Outward Odyssey series (Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight), has officially been released and is available for purchase on the University of Nebraska Press website.

Currently it can only be pre-ordered on Amazon but should be available there as well shortly.

If you order it from UNP, you can get a 20% discount if you use this promotion code 6AS11.

Hope you enjoy it.

328KF
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posted 04-19-2011 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for posting Chris...I ordered a copy today! Looking forward to it.

dom
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posted 04-19-2011 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best of luck with the book - easily the best cover image choice so far!

Chris Dubbs
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posted 04-20-2011 07:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Dubbs   Click Here to Email Chris Dubbs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
UNP has fixed a problem with the excerpt of the book. You can now read the Prologue of the book online.

Chris Dubbs
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posted 05-03-2011 06:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Dubbs   Click Here to Email Chris Dubbs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is now available on Amazon, at a 34% discount.

garymilgrom
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posted 05-03-2011 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finished this book this morning and it is a wonderful read. There are many interesting stories and anecdotes in the book. The chapter on Robert Truax is especially interesting. As an avid NASA fan I was prepared to find fault with this book but in fact the opposite was true. One of the stories in the book tells of a project given to NASA and a private company at the same time - the private company spent 50 million dollars and produced a rocket that successfully flew three times while NASA spent 1.5 Billion dollars and produced a 1,000 page report. That's it, no hardware. This alone gave me insight into some of NASA's processes that I have not found elsewhere.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the future of manned spaceflight.

After reading all the books in this series I have to credit the editor, Colin Burgess for his efforts. Each book presents technical information in an easy to read format, but does not skimp on those technical details. Each book has some wonderful anecdotal stories not found elsewhere. Kudos to Mr. Burgess for his efforts at ensuring the excellence of this entire series.

ColinBurgess
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posted 05-04-2011 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have also just received a copy express posted to me here in Australia and it looks brilliant - well done Chris and Emeline and all involved in this fine series book. I know that I've seen and read the manuscript text often as the authors have put this book together, but it is simply wonderful to finally hold it in my hands as a publication. I had not seen the book's photos before now, but they are an excellent choice.

Congratulations to both Chris Dubbs and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom. Both will be at Spacefest III until Sunday morning, so a great chance to have them both sign this new book for you, and of course the foreword writer Charlie Walker will also be in attendance.

Folks, that's seven books out now in the Outward Odyssey series - five to go!

ColinBurgess
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posted 05-04-2011 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And thank you Gary for those kind words; I couldn't have done it without some particularly talented and enthusiastic authors, and I hope all go on to achieve even greater goals.

eurospace
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posted 05-04-2011 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alas, Colin, I could not yet locate this book of yours on Amazon (US or UK or any).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-04-2011 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by eurospace:
Alas, Colin, I could not yet locate this book of yours...
"Realizing Tomorrow" was written by Chris Dubbs and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom. It can be found on Amazon here.

The book is part of the University of Nebraska Press' Outward Odyssey series, for which Colin is editor.

Chris Dubbs
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posted 05-08-2011 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Dubbs   Click Here to Email Chris Dubbs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many thank to Leonard David for his nice review here.

FFrench
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posted 05-16-2011 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see that The Space Review posted a review of it today.

ColinBurgess
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posted 05-16-2011 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A well deserved and positive review by Jeff Foust for a terrific book by Chris and Emeline. A reminder that both authors will be at Spacefest III next month, but only until Sunday morning, and they will happily sign copies of their new book. Foreword writer Charlie Walker will also be there, so a great chance to get all three signatures in your book. If you haven't got a copy as yet, I'm reliably informed that a limited number will be available for sale at the venue.

dom
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posted 05-21-2011 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although agreeing that Realizing Tomorrow is a well-written book I must admit that reading it has turned my opinion of commercial manned spaceflight on its head

I was initially pro-private spaceflight but now find myself growing sceptical about the motives of some of those involved.

Reading the chapter on the Rutan/Virgin Galactic effort was especially soul destroying as it seems as far removed from the ethos of Gerard O'Neill's space colony ideal as it's possible to get. Although they might promote themselves as the anti-establishment way of getting into space - it will still just be spaceflight for the super-rich!

Hats off to those that can afford the ticket but I'm still convinced that 99% of space fans will never be able to afford it, even if it drops alot from its present $200K over the next decade - which I seriously doubt!

Chris Dubbs
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posted 06-06-2011 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Dubbs   Click Here to Email Chris Dubbs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those coming to our book signing booth at SpaceFest 3 got an extra bonus by having their copies of Realizing Tomorrow signed by Charlie Walker. Walker’s three shuttle flights as an “industrial astronaut” were featured in the book, and he wrote the foreword. In photo, Walker stands between me and my co-author Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom.

Chris Dubbs
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posted 06-20-2011 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Dubbs   Click Here to Email Chris Dubbs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Store is now offering autographed copies of Realizing Tomorrow on their web page.

MCroft04
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posted 06-20-2011 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just finished this wonderful book! If you don't have a copy I highly recommend it. Plus it looks so good next to the previous 6 editions of the Outward Odyssey series.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-13-2013 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just thought I'd pass along a bit of news shared by Emeline on Facebook:
"Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight" has been selected for the United States Air Force's 2013 Chief of Staff Professional Reading List.

The Chief of Staff Professional Reading List develops a common frame of reference among all Air Force members while strengthening the team and expanding minds. This year's theme is "Every Airman an Innovator." [The Air Force] chose "Realizing Tomorrow" because it will spark dialogue and encourage innovation and forward thinking.

Congratulations to Chris and Emeline on the tremendous honor!

garymilgrom
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posted 04-10-2013 06:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This book is the subject of Roger Launius' book review today.

Chris Dubbs
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posted 04-12-2013 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Dubbs   Click Here to Email Chris Dubbs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I’ve never before had one of my books called “Panglossian.” I suppose when you tell stories about visionaries and those working outside the normal path to space, who must long persevere against odds, their stories might seem Panglossian to a NASA historian.

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