book review · books · space exploration

The Final Frontier… or The Undiscovered Country?

I just finished David Whitehouse’s Space 2069. It’s a sobering read for those of us who remember the Apollo moon landings and the contraction of NASA’s more ambitious programs after that. The bulk of the book is devoted to current plans to return to the Moon and to explore Mars. The last third of the… Continue reading The Final Frontier… or The Undiscovered Country?

books · publishing

Print Sales Are Up This Month

Publisher’s Weekly reports that print sales are up in June. With all categories except adult nonfiction posting increases, unit sales of print books rose 5.6% in the week ended June 13, 2020, over the comparable week last year, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The YA categories had solid gains, with nonfiction sales jumping… Continue reading Print Sales Are Up This Month

books · eBooks · history of science · medieval history · technology

The Clock and the Camshaft is Available

The delays due to Covid were not as grim as I feared. My book is now officially in stock. The official listing, and you can order direct from Rowman and Littlefield. And Bookshop. Fresh from the warehouse! If you buy the print edition from Bookshop, the proceeds go to help independent booksellers. Ebook eition is also… Continue reading The Clock and the Camshaft is Available

book review · books · Holocaust · London · Margot Singer · novels · terrorism · Underground Fugue

The Rhythm of Underground Fugue

More than halfway into Margot Singer’s engrossing novel Underground Fugue, her main character Esther, a middle aged American woman who has returned to London to look after her dying mother, recalls the circumstances surrounding a one night stand she had before she was married. Just once, she’d hooked up with a stranger. Reckless, yes. She… Continue reading The Rhythm of Underground Fugue