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nelyubov
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posted 01-10-2022 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nelyubov   Click Here to Email nelyubov     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This appeared at the Book Depository website coming in July 11, 2022 from Reaktion Books.

Is this for real? Colin has never mentioned anything about this upcoming book.

Soviets in Space: Russia's Cosmonauts and the Space Frontier
by Colin Burgess

A deeply researched, beautifully illustrated chronology of the Soviet Union's extraordinary success in the pioneering years of space exploration.
  • Hardback, 240 pages
  • Reaktion Books (July 11, 2022)
  • ISBN 10: 1789146321
  • ISBN 13: 9781789146325

ColinBurgess
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posted 01-10-2022 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No great mystery involved. It's a book I was asked to write for Reaktion Press U.K. in their Kosmos series, and just this week I received the first page proofs to review, correct, change and update. In that respect I was able to include a brief report on the Soyuz MS-20 mission to make the narrative as up-to-date as possible ahead of that publication date.

I did not want to make any formal announcements until the publishers began to publicize the book themselves. However it is a companion book to my earlier effort, "The Greatest Adventure," which was released by Reaktion last year and named as Book of the Week by London's Guardian newspaper.

I hope to have all the editing/proofing done with a couple of months, as well as preparing an index and all the ancillary things needed before it is sent off to the printers.

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posted 01-18-2022 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin, how will the content differ from the Soviet sections of The Greatest Adventure? I had a look at that book this weekend and am just wondering if the new one will just expand those stories/angles or is it a totally new content with new research?

(Also, do you have any update on Asif Siddiqi’s much anticipated Soviet UNP book?)

ColinBurgess
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posted 01-18-2022 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As this new book is entirely about the history of Soviet/Russian human space flight, I was able to expand quite a lot on the somewhat limited narrative in "The Greatest Adventure," but there's obviously repetition in discussing some of the better-known earlier missions. However these were all given new narratives for this book, rather than simply repeating what was in the earlier book. There are obviously a lot more later flights and incidents related, right up to the recent MS-20 Soyuz mission, to make it as up-to-date as publication schedules allow.

While on the subject, I received some interesting news through the week that a Chinese publisher has arranged through Reaktion Books for a Chinese language edition of "The Greatest Adventure" to be published - a real and intriguing first for me.

As to Asif Siddiqi's updated two-volume version of "Challenge to Apollo" for the Outward Odyssey series, the last I heard from him was that he had been gathering and recording a whole host of new material for these books, and will set to the task of putting them into book form this (U.S.) summer. So the first of the two books is quite a way off yet, but will be followed soon after by the second volume in the series. Something to really look forward to.

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posted 04-21-2022 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A longer synopsis:

Soviets in Space: Russia's Cosmonauts and the Space Frontier
by Colin Burgess

In this deeply researched chronology, Colin Burgess describes the then Soviet Union's extraordinary success in the pioneering years of space exploration. Within a decade, the Soviets not only launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik, in 1957, but they also were the first to send an animal and a human being into Earth orbit. In the years that followed, their groundbreaking missions sent a woman into space, launched a three-man spacecraft, and included the first person to walk in space.

Six decades on from the historic spaceflight of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, Burgess guides us through the amazing achievements of Russia's spaceflight program through to the present day, introducing the men and women who have flown the missions that drive us to delve ever deeper into the wonders and complexities of the cosmos.

  • Hardcover: ‎240 pages
  • Reaktion Books (August 8, 2022)
  • ISBN-10: ‎1789146321
  • ISBN-13: ‎978-1789146325

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