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.

Bizony also helped create the Millennium Fund bid for the At-Bristol complex in the UK. Bizony also created, wrote, picture-researched and project-managed  Space: 50, a major colour book collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and worldwide publishers HarperCollins, marking the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. His recent project, Atom, a tie-in book for a BBC TV series, tells the dramatic story of the rivalries and passions at play during the discovery of quantum physics.

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4 Responses to The writer

  1. Stephen Volk

    Excellent website. Well done both of you.

  2. Glenn B Fleming

    Having read the excellent ‘2001 – Filming the Future’ I knew the writing would be good in this graphic novel. That said, it will be interesting to me to see if the claim of everything in the book being true holds up.
    I’m looking forward to reading the whole book, however I have to say that I am disappointed by the artwork, which I feel let’s the project down.

  3. P Hodkinson

    Dear Glenn,
    Thank you for your comments. To have commissioned a professional graphic novel illustrator would have required an upfront fee of my last year’s income. It was therefore cost prohibitive for what is a 3-way collaboration of independent professionals. We are not international publishers and don’t carry such budgets. A slick Manga/Marvel level of finish may have been nice, but alas am stuck in a certain era of personal austerity! I have taken on the roll of designer and also of self-publisher. The latter bestowed upon me as I was willing to invest a modest sum to get a decent level of illustration work on the project. In fact the only way I can currently pay him is through the money received in selling my house! I do think Andrew has been the best person for the job and worth the trouble in being currently homeless.

    Andrew himself, will be the first to say he is not an illustrator. He has, however, brought something more to the table with his incredible understanding and empathy with the storyline. He has added further research to that done by Piers the writer/space historian in both the storyline and visual accuracy. Who would get in touch with the ex-UK paras and Polish equivalent SAS to make sure the method of parachuting from a PO-2 biplane would be correct (see p19). All relevant plane numbers you see are authentically taken from photographic research. Even the style of slippers on p50 have been carefully chosen. Models have been sourced and made of Panzer tanks and many of the planes you see throughout. Yes, you are write, the artwork is not of DC comic standard, but what makes this book extraordinary is the story itself.

    Hopefully I can buy somewhere to live quite soon!

    Best wishes, Peter

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