My Copy: 9781439148815 (image from bn.com) Anyone who's a fan of (or has even seen) Apollo 13 probably remembers a guy with a crew cut and a white shirt and vest stomping out of a room yelling "Failure is not an option" during one of the many tense scenes. That guy was Gene Kranz, played … Continue reading Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by Gene Kranz
My Copy: 9780312427566 (image from booktopia.com.au) I'll admit: I saw the film based on this book probably a few dozen times before I ever read the book. Tom Wolfe's book about the beginnings of the U.S. Space Program is a fascinating real-life story, in that it's far more about the people involved, especially the first … Continue reading The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe
Dad came home today, in a very shiny pewter urn with the paperwork I needed for all the damned legalese meant to prevent greedy idiots from trying to take away all he built. The urn was heavy and bigger than I thought it would be, but nicely engraved with dad's name on it. In the … Continue reading There’s just something odd about bringing a person’s ashes back home…
Years and years of checking figures and it came down to one sentence in a webpage that I'd missed until yesterday (Yes, I was watching A Night to Remember for the umpteenth time). This is a question I'd always wondered about. I mean, the story was compelling as hell, and I get wrapped up in … Continue reading #033–The Titanic had 20 lifeboats. Why did Carpathia only end up with 13 of them?
I bought this one on a whim while at Barnes & Noble because I'm a space nerd & I wasn't going to wait for it to come out in paperback while it was right there in front of me. What really surprised me was my best friend--who I don't think of as a nonfiction fan--started gushing about it & demanded that I read it.
My copy: 9780441783588 Well, I'm not going to bother with a description of how different the book is from the 90s film (hint: a lot!). But on its own, just reading it for what it was, I found it a bit surprising and enjoyable. I haven't read Mr. Heinlein's other works yet, so I can't lend … Continue reading Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein
My copy: 9780345303066 Now, I already reviewed the book "2001: A Space Odyssey" last month, so if you've read the book yourself, I'll make sure to let you know some of the oddities and confusion that might stem from reading this book...especially if you haven't seen the film. I saw the film "2010" probably a dozen … Continue reading 2010: Odyssey Two, by Arthur C. Clarke