[FPSPACE] Volume 3 now available
epgrondine at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 10 09:34:49 EST 2008
I have retrieved and prepared Volume 3 of my History of Cosmonautics, and as usual a copy of it is available to fpspace readers simply by writing to me and asking for a copy of it.
I am going to take a minute here to try to answer some of the questions some of you have sent to me about Volume 1 and Volume 2, as since my stroke it is difficult for me to type individual answers for each of you.
Volume 4 of my History, "One Month's Salary", which covered the Moon race, was the first part of the history that I wrote, in about 1990, and it was translated into Russian. I ended up being one of the last samizdat wrtiers of the Soviet Union, and if you can find a copy of it (particularly in Russian) you probably have a collectable. Before the general declassification under Yeltsin, you'll see some of the senior scientists from that program writing in articles about wanting to correct the errors and mistakes of some writers, and I think that some of them were probably referring to that piece.
Many of the western historians who worked through the materials which were later declassified had access to copies of my Volume 4 before they started to work their way through those materials. Of course, so much has been released since then, probably Asif Sadiqi's book is the technical standard now, but then it leaves out the political context in which many of the decisions were made. Since I've had my stroke I don't plan to "fix" Volume 4, and once again, if you can find a copy of it then you may have a collectible, or will ultimately end up with one.
I had some time in 1992, and started in on what became Volume 3, which covered the beginning of manned flight. Saunders Kramer took a look at it and was p.o.'d that I didn't give the CIA's Mexico City snatch more play, but like I told him, that really wasn't essential to the story.
Mike Neufeld took a look at Volume 2, on Hitler, von Braun, and the nerve gases, and could not believe that Hitler had intended to use the nerve gases. I haven't read his bio of von Braun yet, so I don't know if he was ever able to handle it mentally.
I found another report of Hitler's own words on his planned nerve gas attack in "Hitler's Mistress, Eva Braun", a great post war paperback by a great American reporter who investigated Hitler's love life immediately after the Second World War, including many first person interviews. For some strange reason the academic historians continue to ignore his book. I had hoped to include that material in Volume 2, including in particular the details of Hitler's love life, but oh well...
Another bizarre thing that occurred while I was doing Volume 2 was that I found that in their haste to capture Nazi war criminals the people who released the US papers on the nerve gases had left in instructions on how to manufacture them. This was about 2 to 3 weeks before the Tokyo subway attack, and after that happened, given that group's interest in Hitler I was quite alarmed. I raised every flag I could at the time, and I don't know if the materials which I used for Volume 2 have since been "cleaned up" and are available through the National Archives, or not. It was strange seeing some names removed from the document copies while nerve gas manufacturing instructions remained. I still wonder to this day where the cult that did the Tokyo subway attack got their manufacturing instructions from.
For any of you still having problems understanding this:
Volume 1 on the revolution and the beginnings you've seen.
When it came to the section after the Moon race, the material was at first just lumped into a pile. Later I started to sort it out into a Volume 5, which covered the shuttles, and a Volume 6, which covered the stations.
Then there was the material on proliferation to the smaller nations. But as I went along I realized that the west Africa materials could easily start off riots in US cities, and about that time I stumbled into impact events, which are a great historical force that was unstudied, as well as being a major hazard that was not being dealt with. I left my "History of Cosmonautics" sitting to deal with more urgent matters.
Initially I planned to write 3 volumes on impact events, "Man and Impact in the Americas", "Man and Impact in the Ancient Near East" (using Chicago's Oriental Institute's collection of near eastern texts, which is probably the finest in the world, and conveniently located near Hyde Park) and then "Man and Impact In Europe". But I got hit with a stroke in 2005 after finishing the manuscript for "Man and Impact in the Americas", and though I was able to get it out its type is too small and it does not have enough pictures, and distribution "fell through".
Volume 7 of my History of Cosmonautics would probably be called "The Cult of Mars", and would cover more recent events here in the United States.
Dropping in the footnotes now to my History of Cosmonautics would be a major effort taking many months and a whole pile of money, and even setting up Print on Demand versions is beyond me now. The file for Volume 6 appears to have been corrupted, so the sort into Volume 5 and Volume 6 may likely never be completed. My main reason for going back through Volumes 1 to 3 has been to reconnect those parts of my brain. The fellow who wrote them is no longer with us; I'm here now instead.
While this material is fascinating to some of you, I don't know about the interest level of the general public. If some major television company came along with some big dollars, then I think the whole thing could be made into a great history of the twentieth century.
In closing, I'd like to remind everyone that fpspacers can get personally signed copies of my book "Man and Impact in the Americas" from me for a low special price.
PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE WORKS BY E.P. GRONDINE:
CHINESE MANNED SPACE PROGRAM: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
LUNAR VARIANT KLIPER
CHINA'S MOON PROJECT (CAPS):
CAMBRIDGE CONFERENCE, 1998 - 2003
MAJOR HISTORICAL WORKS
Everything is Connected:
A survey of Man and impact in SE North America
Going Into the Water:
A survey of Man and impact
in the Eastern North American coastal zone and Caribbean
Impact And The End Of The Roman Empire In The West
SHORTER HISTORICAL ESSAYS AND NOTES
Benny Peiser's initial catalogue of Holocene impacts
On the Joshua impact event
On the destruction of the Etruscan city of Volsinii by impact
On the effects of blast waves
An Impact Event Recorded In Ainu Folklore
The Song Of Ullikummi, a Hurrian account of the Tel Leilan impact
Note on Karen Reiter's "Die Metalle im Alten Orient":
An Essential Reference For Historical Work On Impact Events
Catalogue of Known and Suspected Historical impacts
Short note on sub-Roman impacts
Updated Catalogue of Known and Suspected Historical impacts
Legends of a major South American impact
Comparison of work done at Tunguska, Barringer Crater, and Rio Cuarto
Worknotes On Man In The Ancient Near East And Impact Events
Background On The Kaali Lake Impact Event
On JPL's failure to mention impact craters on Mars
Review of "Deep Impact"
Coverage of House Space Subcommittee hearing on NASA and the NEO hazard
Miscellaneous items, including report on first US NEO defense system
Don Yeoman's presentation at a Congressional luncheon
Eleanor Helin named to Technology Hall of Fame
On the establishment of NASA's NEO office
Interview with Wesley Huntress
On NASA Administrator Dan Goldin's strategic plan for NASA and his
views on dealing with the NEO hazard
On the Space Frontier Foundation's views on the NEO hazard
The Deep Space 1 Briefing,
and beginning of Newt Gingrich's attack on ISS
More on Newt Gingrich's attack
Short interview with NASA Administrator Dan Goldin on the NEO hazard
The NEAR Briefing, and a Short Chat With Don Yeomans
The Problem Of Back Contamination From An Operational Perspective:
An interview with John Rummel
On the Space Frontier Foundation Forming the "Watch" Committee
Budget for NASA NEO office
On Russian work on the back contamination problem
Interview with John Rummel of NASA's Planetary Protection Office
ASTEROIDS, COMETS, METEORS & LOST LUGGAGE:
COVERAGE OF THE 1999 ASTEROIDS, COMETS, AND METEORS CONFERENCE
REPORT FROM THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUTICAL SOCIETY'S
38th GODDARD MEMORIAL SYMPOSIUM
On oil deposits and impact
Interview with Colin Hicks on government response to
the UK NEO Taskforce report
An improved English translation of
THE RUSSIAN POSITION PAPER ON PLANETARY DEFENSE
by Anatoly V. Zaitsev
Press Conference on Becker Team's development of test for impact
fullerenes (and the loss of my Mercedes Benz)
First interview with Ed Weiler
Viking At 25: Report On The Symposium On Mars Exploration
With important observations on public support for manned Mars flight,
And interviews with James Garvin and Mike Malin
on the state of Martian crater counts
Interview with Colin Hicks
Dazed And Confused:
In Search Of US Policies For Dealing With The Impact Hazard
SLI downselect and interview with Ed Weiler
On interplanetary blast waves from Shoemaker Levy 9 impact
Workshop for Mitigating the Effects of Public Concern on the NASA
Bureaucracy: Two Days in Washington, 2002
The NASA Bureaucrats' New Efforts To Try And Sandbag The Neo Problem
Report on Congressional hearing on the NEO hazard
On the Challenger O-Ring failure
On relations between the MPC and NASA
On relations between the MPC and NASA
On the Washington Post's coverage of the NEO hazard
On JPL's estimates of the impact hazard
On General Pete Worden's proposals
Need for funding of historical research
On the UK NEO Taskforce report
Suggestion to use video-conferencing
On the Australian Governments refusal to fund a NEO observatory
Call for more money for historical impact search
"Armageddon" versus "Deep Impact"
Dale Carnegie Method versus Scientific Method
On the effects of Pissing on the Sphinx
Live From The House Of Commons
Clarification Of The Government's Response, For Speakers
Of English As A Second Language
Human Sacrifice as an
An Extremely Low Cost Approach To Dealing With The Neo Hazard
My Campaign to be Elected Chairman of the IAU NEO Working Group
Really Big News: Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Hits Jupiter
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