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They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus: An Incurable Dreamer Builds the First Civilian Spaceship

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Wait...

    R u (slavemaster) a guy or r u a grl?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Gtg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    Some of the story, not all of it

    Having worked at a competitor to Gary Hudson's company, I eagerly picked up this book to read about my friends and acquaintances. It's well written and the events I was a witness to are accurately reported. It shows how the dream of escaping this planet has consumed many of the people in the book. Unfortunately the author describes conversations and activities that make perfect sense to someone with a technical background as "incomprehensible". While the project ultimately failed, this was due to the collapse of the market, and portraying ordinary engineering as driven by fantasies gives a deceptive picture of what those people were doing. The biggest omission is the silence about the boom and bust of the satellite communications industry. Iridium and Teledesic planned to launch satellites by the scores and hundreds. Rotary and other companies sprang up to service those needs, backed by investors who wanted profits, not dreams. When the satellite business collapsed the rocket companies followed. Leaving this out of the story seems to be an attempt to conceal the rational motives behind the actions of Gary Hudson and his supporters. For people who know the story of Rotary Rocket already this book is full of wonderful gossip. Readers without that context will be badly misled.

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