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John Charles

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From: Houston, Texas, USA
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posted 07-30-2015 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Charles     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am interested in compiling a list of books that incorporate realistic, or at least credible, depictions of Gemini spaceflights.

Being a space geek of the 1960s, I have a fascination with Gemini that is apparently not uncommon among people of a certain age.

This fascination has led me to the study of the MOL program, and more recently, to almost an obsession with the new book, "Blue Gemini," by Mike Jenne. (If you share my affliction, I recommend it highly.)

I think it would be interesting to compile a list of other fictional accounts that offer realistic or at least credible descriptions of Gemini flight activities.

So far, I have:

  • Blue Gemini, Mike Jenne, 2015
  • Autopsy for a Cosmonaut, Jacob Hay and John Keshishian, 1969
  • Marooned, Martin Caidin, 1964.
Also, the Mike Mars series included Gemini in one or more novels, I think, but I never read any of them.

Any other recommendations for inclusion?

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-30-2015 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two alternate/fictionalized histories come to mind:
  • James Michener's "Space" (1982) includes the account of at least one Gemini mission with fictional astronauts Claggett and Pope.

  • Stephen Baxter's "Voyage" (1996) only includes it in passing mention, but one of its astronauts is a Gemini veteran.


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From: Durham, NC, USA
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posted 07-30-2015 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember reading "Autopsy for a Cosmonaut" when I was in the 6th grade. I thought it was pretty interesting then. I wonder how it would hold up if I read it now. (I do remember being a bit annoyed that the main character's son was known as "The Samuel.")

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