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cspg
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posted 05-25-2013 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Freedom 7: The Historic Flight of Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
by Colin Burgess
This is the first volume in a new miniseries, called Pioneers in Early Spaceflight. These books are not intended as typical biographies but more documented histories of the major players and their accomplishments in the early space program.

In fact, U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard during his lifetime never wrote or authorized a book on his life, apart from participating to some extent in the much-criticized book, "Moon Shot" which was written by a journalist.

Instead, the proposed book is the story of the Mercury-Redstone program and how it led to the history-making Mercury suborbital spaceflight aboard Freedom 7. Although Shepard went on to later accomplishments with NASA, particularly as a moonwalker on the flight of Apollo 14, this book focuses on his historic space mission in May 1961 aboard Freedom 7, a 15-minute suborbital shot during which he became the first American to fly in space.

It is the first account in recent memory to do this and fills in a crucial gap in our understanding of the early days of the space race.

  • 2013, 250 p. 120 illus.
  • Springer, January 15, 2014
  • ISBN 978-3-319-01155-4

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posted 05-25-2013 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It goes to Springer for layout in a couple of weeks.

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posted 05-25-2013 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds interesting!

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posted 05-29-2013 07:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoforEVA   Click Here to Email GoforEVA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't wait!!!

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I must admit I was somewhat pleasantly surprised at Spacefest when Robert Pearlman told me that this book had already been announced on collectSPACE by Chris, although there is still a little production work to be done on it. However, yes, this book is essentially about the flight of Freedom 7 rather than just another biography of Alan Shepard. It begins by tracing the development of the Redstone rocket, the early Mercury launches prior to MR-3, the flight and recovery of Freedom 7, and then an examination of the whereabouts of the spacecraft from 1961 through to today.

I can perhaps throw in a small surprise by adding that I am now working on a follow-up book on the suborbital flight of Liberty Bell 7 carrying Gus Grissom. As the early part of the Freedom 7 book examines the history and development of the Redstone booster, so the Liberty Bell 7 book examines the development of the Mercury spacecraft. I felt it was about time America's first two human spaceflights, albeit suborbital, were given their due historic recognition after all these years. There are numerous biographies of both Shepard and Grissom, but none of these books give an overly extensive coverage of their respective space flights. I hope to have this second book completed and off to the appointed copyeditor by the very latter part of this year, with a possible release in the spring of 2014.

More news later...

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posted 05-30-2013 06:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking forward to your announcement that you are writing a book about the flight of Friendship 7.

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posted 05-30-2013 06:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ColinBurgess:
More news later...
I'm dying here!

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posted 05-30-2013 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seriously folks, whatever your expectation of the Freedom 7 book, you can safely double it!

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posted 05-30-2013 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Amazon.co.uk link.

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posted 05-31-2013 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In an ideal world there is a series of books about each and every manned spaceflight. David Harland has written two books on Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 and now Colin will do MR-3 and MR-4 (and hopefully more). I am a fan of books like that...

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posted 06-17-2013 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon.com link added above.

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posted 06-17-2013 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the Freedom 7 manuscript now with Springer Books and undergoing the production process I have now turned my attention to researching and writing the follow-up book on the flight of Liberty Bell 7 with Gus Grissom. I expect this book to be published sometime around the middle of next year.

If anyone thinks they have some information on Gus's suborbital flight that should be in the book I'd be very pleased to hear from you.

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posted 06-22-2013 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cover is available from Springer's web site and release date is now September 30.

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posted 06-22-2013 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a final read-through of the page proofs to be done, and a check to make sure that all of the 190 photographs are correctly positioned within the text, and it will then go to printing. The cover art is outstanding - this is one area where Springer-Praxis do a great job. And yes, I can verify a September release, assuming all goes well on the production side.

Work now well under way on the Liberty Bell 7 follow-up book.

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posted 08-18-2013 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon just updated their availabilty date of the book and moved the release date from December 2013 to September 30 (2013 of course ).

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posted 08-18-2013 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just pre-ordered my copy

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posted 10-03-2013 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Available from Springer's web site.

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posted 10-03-2013 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I pre-ordered it from Amazon, with September 30 shown as the publication date. Yesterday Amazon sent me a message saying that it is not available, and they will let me know when they have an estimate. The Amazon product page now says October 31.

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posted 10-05-2013 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon.com shipped my copy 10/4.

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posted 10-05-2013 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, they must have ran out then because I pre-ordered from Amazon, and they haven't shipped mine

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posted 10-05-2013 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any coverage in the Redstone development section of Hydyne, a fuel developed for the Explorer 1 launch? Thank you.

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Originally posted by jjknap:
Wow, they must have ran out then because I pre-ordered from Amazon, and they haven't shipped mine.
I've pre-ordered mine as well on 6/24. In the UK, it is available but ships in one to three weeks...

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Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Is there any coverage in the Redstone development section of Hydyne, a fuel developed for the Explorer 1 launch? Thank you.

There is mention of it.

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posted 10-06-2013 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why is it not a hard cover?

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For the price they're selling those as softcovers, I don't want to know how much it would cost as hardcovers. Also there's the notion of print-on-demand. And if memory serves me well (and from those Springer-Praxis books that I still have), only two came out as hardcovers: Project Mercury and Tracking Apollo to the Moon.

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...only two came out as hardcovers: Project Mercury and Tracking Apollo to the Moon.
'Tracking Apollo to the Moon' is a Springer book, not a Springer-Praxis book.

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Why is it not a hard cover?
I suspect the limited print run/cost is the main factor. Personally I dislike soft covers as they rapidly show signs of wear and generally have weak bindings. It rules out a lot of discretionary spend, but in this case I'll still buy another excellent-looking Colin Burgess book!

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posted 10-10-2013 04:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon.com says now: "In Stock on October 13"

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Any chance of signed copies being made available for purchase?

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posted 10-10-2013 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you mean by Alan Shepard, probably not.

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That's a shame!

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Originally posted by Chariot412:
If you mean by Alan Shepard, probably not.
Not unless you want a signature that is... ghost written [grin, duck].

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What do you mean? He still signs. You can find his recently signed stuff on eBay... Having passed away doesn't matter anymore.

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My wife and I have only just returned last night from a lengthy vacation in Europe and a Med cruise, arriving home to the sad news about Scott Carpenter. I have yet to catch up on the release date for the Shepard book, but it should be sometime soon. I will see what I can find out.

I'll be getting back into finalising the Grissom/Liberty Bell 7 book, for which Scott Carpenter gave me some reflections on his fellow Mercury astronaut at the last Spacefest in Tucson. This great and gracious man will be sadly missed.

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posted 10-10-2013 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon just shipped my copy.

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Yes, I've just had confirmation from a couple of friends that copies are now being shipped out. I haven't received my allotment of copies as yet, so I hope the book has turned out well. I know copyeditor David Harland put a massive effort into this book as it suffered some production problems during my absence, but my fingers are crossed that it has all come together well.

I will be organising a signing session with Steve Hankow of Farthest Reaches next May, so copies will be available through him, and of course I will also be signing copies of this (and hopefully the follow-on Liberty Bell 7 book) at next year's Spacefest VI.

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I just received this book today, and started reading it.

Wow, it is awesome! I have never read any of Colin Burgess' books before. It looks like I will be reading a lot more.

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Thanks for the kind words, Ron. Amazingly, you are seeing the book before me, as I'm still awaiting my copies to arrive in Australia. If you enjoy this book, then you might want to know that my follow-on book, on the flight of Liberty Bell 7 with Gus Grissom, will likely be released next spring.

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posted 10-17-2013 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to this one as well (while waiting for the Freedom 7 impatiently).

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I am really looking forward to the Liberty Bell 7 book.

I must say, I enjoyed the chapter about Ham's flight! I never really see much about his adventures published.

Edit: I will add that I finished this book, as I could barely put it down. I have learned a lot more about this flight that I never knew, with my favorite being what Shepard said after splashdown that was not exactly suitable for an open microphone! It made me like Alan Shepard even more than I did before and made him seam even more of a regular guy who was very happy to be doing what he was doing.


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