PIERS BIZONY is a science journalist and space historian who writes for magazines such as BBC Focus and Wired as well as the Independent. His award-winning book on Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was described as ‘full of sparkling enthusiasm’ by New Scientist and ‘excellent, in every way worthy of Kubrick’s original precision-crafted vision’ by the Evening Standard. His most recent books include THE MAN WHO RAN THE MOON (Icon/Thunder’s Mouth, 2006), ATOM (Icon, 2007), HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN SPACESHIP (Portobello/Plume, 2008) and ONE GIANT LEAP: Apollo 11 Forty Years On (Aurum, 2009).
THE SEARCH FOR ALIENS
A Rough Guide to Life on Other Worlds
Is anyone out there? The quest for alien life is a search for the origins of life itself. It is a scientific journey that reaches into our profoundest philosophical and religious desires for answers- and perhaps, also into our deepest dreads.
THE SEARCH FOR ALIENS is a vivid and accessible guide to one of the most exciting fields of modern science: the hunt for life on worlds other than earth. A subject that once seemed nothing more than the realm of science fiction fantasies is now a thriving professional branch of science, driven by new and startling discoveries on earth as well as by a mass of new data from space probes. From radio dishes seeking out intelligent alien signals, to deep oceanic research, Bizony covers all the latest research projects and even questions our basic assumptions about our own place in the cosmos.
Publisher: Rough Guides/Penguin
Pub Date: 19 January 2012
Length: 272 pages
The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin
JAMIE DORAN & PIERS BIZONY
Takes us breakneck speed through Gagarin’s strange trajectory… Without books like these to shelter it, history is eroded by propaganda and real heroes fall victim to spin – NEW SCIENTIST
A riveting account of Gagarin’s life... STARMAN brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the time – EUROPEAN
Skilfully achieves two distinct objectives: the uncovering of much of the mystery around one of mankind’s finest periods, and a full and respectful acknowledgement that its many great heroes, both sung and unsung, were, first and foremost, human beings – MOSCOW TIMES
Worth writing and definitely worth reading – DAILY TELEGRAPH
A fascinating – yet chilling – look at bureaucracy gone wrong – AMAZON.CO.UK
New edition to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Gagarin’s historic space flight.
On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to leave the Earth’s atmosphere and venture into space. An icon of the twentieth century, he also became a danger to himself and a threat to the Soviet state. At the age of 34, he was killed in a plane crash.
Based on KGB files, restricted documents from Russian space authorities, and interviews with his friends and colleagues, this biography of the Russian cosmonaut reveals a man in turmoil: torn apart by powerful political pressures, fighting a losing battle against alcoholism and rebelling against the cruelties of a corrupt totalitarian regime.
This new edition of STARMAN includes a new afterword that celebrates the importance of that momentous expedition and reflects on Gagarin’s legacy.
JAMIE DORAN is an Irish/Scottish independent documentary filmmaker and former BBC producer. In conjunction with Piers Bizony, he directed and produced for BBC Television the 1998 biographical film about Gagarin, which was shown in more than 60 countries worldwide.
Publisher: Bloomsbury (UK/US)
Pub Date: 4 April 2011
Length: 248 pages
All rights available excluding:
UK & Commonwealth, US, China (China Youth Press – simplified Chinese characters), Japan (Kawadeshobo-Shinsha), Lithuania (De Libris), Poland (Prószyński), Russia (Azbooka–Atticus)
Film rights optioned to Blue Ice Pictures on behalf of the writer and director Steven Silver
HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN SPACESHIP
The Science of Personal Space Travel
Strap yourselves down, and boldly go on a joyride out of this world – THE TIMES
Bizony's book comes at the thrilling moment and he is a terrifically eager guide through rocket science and future hopes of visiting Mars – GUARDIAN
Even casual popular science readers will be hard pressed not to find some fascination within these pages – BIG ISSUE
If a space revolution really is on the way, this book is an engaging way of getting up-to-speed – BBC FOCUS
A book for anyone who wanted to be an astronaut when they grew up, HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN SPACESHIP tells you how to join the new space race, where the sky is no longer the limit.
Private space flight has long been a science fiction dream. Today it is on the verge of realization. Major entrepeneurs such as the founders of Virgin, Microsoft and Amazon are investing in a new generation of lightweight, efficient spacecraft; start-up companies specializing in space tourism and spaceport developments are burgeoning; and NASA and the American aviation authorities are altering decades-old legislation to make private space adventure possible.
Pub Date: 6 April 2009
Length: 208 pages
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THE MAN WHO RAN THE MOON
Length: 242 pages
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