I believe that G. Harry Stine has passed away, but the book that you
describe sounds like something that he might have written in that time
period. Am I right?
P.S. See additional comments at the end of your message below.
From: Dejan Bajic <adastra@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: sf-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <sf-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, March 02, 1999 11:17 AM
Subject: Book Launched? ;)
>There's a book that I've been trying to find from a few years ago (probably
>around '95-6) which concerned one of the first commercial (fictional) space
>ventures, it was a fiction book, and the launch vehicle in the book was
>modeled closely on what had been the popular version of a "reusable launch
>vehicle" then, the "Delta Clipper" (in fact, I think the cover had a
>painting of this design rocket taking off) though if I remember correctly
>their version of it was SSTO.
>The plot involved the trials and tribulations of the CEO of the startup
>company, and the company itself, in getting to space, and the launch of a
>military defense weapons system (similar to "Star Wars" technology)
>codenamed Brilliant Pebbles. The book was very realistic and very good
>(especially when I look back at it now, who would of thought?), anyone have
>any idea what I'm talking about?
>Somehow it seems to book has disappeared off the face of the Earth, I can't
>find the book or any reference to it anywhere. I've tried Amazon.com,
>and haven't been able to find anything. Anything?
For reasons that may be similar to your situation, a great book named "The
All-American Boys: The Myth of the Super Hero" by former astronaut Walter
Collins disappeared in a flash from the book shelves in the late 70's. It
consisted of many stories that I'm sure the other astronauts hoped would
never be told, all of which pointed to the fact that they are human, had a
great time, made a few mistakes, and were generally very lucky to have the
opportunities that they did. I've got a copy and would like to get a copy
of the book that you're describing.