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Sputnik success launched as graphic novel

The dramatic story of early Soviet rocket adventures will amaze people unfamiliar with the incredible experiences of the first space pioneers. Continue reading

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The designer/publisher

Comrade Peter Hodkinson

Peter has designed a portfolio of material for the public understanding of science. The most committed being the flagship ‘Frontiers’ magazine for PPARC (Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council) – now STFC. Projects have promoted cutting-edge science in both UK and Europe. Portfolio of available on the Spaced Design website. Continue reading

The illustrator

Comrade Andrew King

Andrew became a graphic novel artist by accident. Like Yuri Gagarin he grew up building and flying model planes and even model rockets, but unlike Yuri, he wasn’t brave enough for the real thing. Most of his career has been spent either designing and drawing things or explaining things. Being able to tell such an amazing story as that of the first man in space, by designing and drawing seems like a good mix… and a rare privilege. Continue reading

The writer

Comrade Piers Bizony

Piers has written about science, aerospace and cosmology for a wide variety of magazines in the UK and the US. 2001: Filming the Future, his award-winning book on the making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, has become a standard reference work. It was also the basis for a C4 documentary film.

In 1997, The Rivers of Mars, his critically acclaimed analysis of the life on Mars debate, was shortlisted for the NASA/Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Writing, while his acclaimed book The Man Who Ran the Moon told the story of NASA’s lunar-era chief for the first time: not Wernher von Braun, but a North Carolina lawyer named Jim Webb. Invisible Worlds (Weidenfeld & Nicholson) explored the borderland where 21st Century science meets art. Continue reading

The chief engineer

I’ve been waiting all my life for this day Sergei Pavlovich Korolev I was impressed by this pic of a mural in the current Baikonur assembly building: Apparently, it’s a quote from Korolev: “The road to the stars is open” … Continue reading

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