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To the Moon, Alice!

By Apollo to the Moon

Submitter: From the front flap: “A man on the moon!  At long last the age-old dream is to be realized.  But who will be the first man to reach our satellite?  Will it be an American astronaut or a Soviet cosmonaut?”

Holly: Interesting fact: Martin Caidin wrote a book called Marooned that was called a harbinger to Apollo 13.  By Apollo to the Moon is one of his non-fiction efforts.  It probably flew off the shelves in 1963, but we’ve been to the moon and back multiple times since then.  This is old news.  And no, ALB dissenters, it is not necessary to hold on to a book about travelling to the moon just because it was important 47 years ago.  Move it to a museum or archive where it belongs.  Or, hey – here’s a thought – send it to the moon on the next NASA mission and leave it there!

0 Responses to To the Moon, Alice!

  • If I were writing an historical piece, a book like this would be extremely valuable as a primary source.

    • If you were writing an historical piece, why on EARTH (or the Moon) would you be a local public library looking for your research materials? I doubt you would know a ‘valuable’ primary source if your ‘Skylab was parked on it’.

      • Wow, Patrick. You’re kind of prissy, huh? Is Holly your wife, or do you have some other connection to her that is so close that you had such a knee-jerk, personal reaction? The answer to your non-question is, of course, that many people do not live near a university, and that everyone has to start somewhere. I suppose if you’re advocating that public libraries be building-sized encyclopedias (i.e., useless to anyone with an Internet connection or an education beyond middle school) then you might have a point.

      • ‘Prissy’ would indicate a delicate or feminine quality…not sure how my post drove you to that adjective.
        As for your asking if I am ‘advocating that PLs be building-sized encyclopedias’…I hadn’t thought of that before. Why….yes, I am! As it relates to the non-fiction section, what on earth IS a library if not that? Your argument re: rural libraries proves MY point, not yours. They should be MORE aware of their more-limited non-fiction collection’s age, not using the fact they get less use as a downtown library branch as a crutch for poor collection development practices. Once the modern day tech-savvy rural children of find your non-fiction collection outdated, you’ll drive them to the Internet for good, and any trust in your non-fiction collection’s practical usefulness will be lost; and their good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.

  • And Martin Caidin of course wrote Cyborg, which provided the inspiration for the Six Million Dollar Man.

  • Caidin also wrote the novel CYBORG, which THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN was based on.

    Just an added geek note for you.

  • But in a public library, it won’t get much use, if it’s in a special collection , you can still ILL it

    • As the submitter, I can guarantee that this book did not get much use. If I remember correctly, we switched over our system in the mid-’90s and there was no record of it ever being checked out since then, and I’m confident that it didn’t get a lot of action before that either!

      For history buffs, it could be an interesting read. It was much more technical than I anticipated (full diagrams, etc) and probably didn’t belong in the children’s collection where we had it anyway. 🙂

  • I never heard Marooned called a harbinger to 13, but I have heard the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project flight compared to it.

  • If we think this is unnecessary on the shelves today, how about all the election guide handbooks from 2008? Speaking of stuff that was relevant and flew of the shelves, but no longer…

    Actually, this book seems kind of cool. History, science, and the study of crazy old books combined – what could be better?

  • I read part of this book long ago. It was very interesting as it portrayed the knowledge available in the early years of space flight.

    Perhaps it does not belong in a public library but I sure hope it’s around for those who need it.

    For example, I found a “build a bomb shelter in your basement” from 1963 in MY basement years ago; it was engrossing reading. The hysteria of the late 50’s can’t be recaptured by reading an encyclopedia article. Literature created at the time really gives you the flavor of an era.