A New Project

Hello, faithful readers!

Before that title starts to worry you: False Steps is still continuing, and in fact I’m aiming for a new entry next week. You may have noticed the recent downtime, though, downtime which I’ve been using to launch a new project blog. There may not be a lot of overlap in the “space travel aficionado” and “baseball fan” Venn diagram, but on the off-chance that some of you might be interested….

Forgive a little self-promotion and please be invited to They Played The Game, which like my last two blog projects is aimed at ultimately producing a book. The topic this time is baseball players who looked like they were going to be all-time greats but failed to do it for whatever reason. We’ll be looking at their stories, and trying to figure out what they could have done if everything broke right instead of going wrong.

We now return to your regularly scheduled Moon shots—in the literal sense of the words and not as a metaphor for hitting a baseball a long, long way.

We have liftoff!

Welcome back, everyone. Below you’ll find the first new entry to the blog since I wrapped up the text of the eBook that was the intended goal of False Steps since day 1. It’s a recent proposal, a concept dating to 2011, just to show that failed space vehicles didn’t stop after the 60s and 70s.

On that note, the book is now available—you can use the links in the sidebar to the right to order it. Those of you with Kobos/Nooks stay tuned: it’s been shipped to both the Kobo store and Barnes & Noble’s NOOK store, but has not yet made it into their catalogs. I’ll post the links for those when they become available.

You may also be interested in the most recent post to my other blog, Passing Strangeness, which is about the Magdeburg Rocket. While not strictly about manned spaceflight, it runs down the details of the first attempt to build a manned rocket that reached the prototype phase—in 1933! Oh, those ever-so-optimistic boys from the German VfR….

Enjoy!

Just a little picture teaser…

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Cover

If all goes according to plan, False Steps should be published via Smashwords this coming weekend, with iBooks store, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble in the couple of days following that. For now I thought I’d share the ever-so-retro cover, which looks as if it’s travelled here straight from 1959. (The image is from 1969, appearances to the contrary).

Expect a new blog entry at the same time, just as a little sweetener so you’ll all come back then.

Commencing Countdown

Welcome aboard, all passengers. This is your author speaking, just to let you know that False Steps is within a couple/three weeks of being published as an eBook through Smashwords. Just imagine! Some day your children or grandchildren might be reading these very words on a computer no larger than a refrigerator! Why you yourself will not be needing to code False Steps into your vacuum tube behemoths using machine language any more! What a strange and wondrous world we live in.

In all seriousness, the countdown begins today. If you’d like to keep an eye out, bookmark this page on Smashwords, or just stay tuned here. If you happen to be intrigued by my previous book (already available for sale for a mere $0.99 or, as we sometimes say, one micro-SLS) while there, so much the better.

If nothing else, watch for a few new entries here on space projects not yet covered. The plan is to get a little bit of new content for new readers brought here by the book, once every couple of weeks or so for the next couple of months at least.