Re: Book Launched? ;)
>The book you are referring to is:
>by Daniel Graham, jr. (Gen. Graham's son)
>Printed 1995 (1996)
>Baen Publishing Enterprises
Yes, yes, and yes! Who else but Mark Reiff could answer this ;) I knew I
was not hallucinating that reading, but I seemed to have such a difficult
time finding the book I was almost beginning to doubt myself (though I
thought for sure the book had been somewhat popular, written by a well known
author, surely there would be some record of it, nope, not until this,
Amazon is still not *that* good at finding everything you want -of course it
doesn't help if you yourself don't have information enough- ;).
But all kidding aside. . .
>I recommend this book to all Space Future readers.
>I wasn't keen on the ending, but overall it was a good read. For extra
>points try to figure out the real life SSTO players that Graham modeled
>the fictional characters after. :)
I totally agree, there is also another short science fiction story similar
to the situation posed in this book which would also be invaluable (I will
look it up and get back to you-Space Future-), I think, in accurate popular
representations of what is often viewed by the public at large (not to
mention many interested "space enthusiasts," myself included) as a complex
inaccessible field of interest, "rocket science" in it's worst sense, and of
course nothing interesting, exciting, or (heaven forbid) inspiring (as it
should be obviously). I was thinking myself, previously, of listing these
and similar story titles on the Net as a sort of reading list to all
interested "space enthusiasts" as well as everyone else. I'm glad our ideas
As to the identities of the fictional characters in real life, hmmm, SSTO,
startup company, radical design. . . recent events nonwithstanding ;) ;) I
wonder. . .
"Beware of the man of one book."
"Every vision is a joke until the first man accomplishes it. Once realized,
it becomes commanplace."
"Space is a place not a program."
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."