Five days after George Floyd died under a policeman’s knee, the sleek Crew Dragon rocket soared into Florida’s skies. Americans were invited to ‘stop everything’ to watch a live stream of the launch. A collaboration between NASA and Elon Musk’s Space X company, it was the first commercial craft to bear astronauts from US soil to the ISS space station. Cameras captured astonishing close-ups of the rocket’s first stage plunging back to Earth for a perfect landing on a drone-ship. Billed as a ‘Launch America’ mission, the event saw President Trump boast of making America ‘number one on Earth’ and ‘making space great again’. Yet even as NASA director Jim Bridenstine evoked the spirit of 1969 ‘to bring people together’, the country was convulsed with #BlackLivesMatter protests. For all the suspense and glory of that fiery cigarette stub streaking through the blue, it couldn’t distract us from the cities burning below. If anything, their juxtaposition only recalled the Space Race’s dark subtext.
We had an absolute blast at the e-book launch on Friday and were blown away by the support we received from all of you. So, here's a huge Space Cat thank you for all those who liked and shared our posts, those who kept us entertained with witty comments and antidotes, and especially those who have taken advantage of the sale on our shop page and gotten their hands on Desert Moonfire at a discounted price.
So that was one crazy, fun-filled ride through space in a tin rocket! On Friday 29th May at 17.00 hours GMT, Space Cat Press hosted our first ever virtual book launch LIVE on our Twitterfeed. Our little module was crammed with space buffs and book lovers who had beamed aboard for the craic. Though we were buffeted occasionally by solar winds and broadband glitches, our trusty craft held true. Meanwhile, the ship's cat skedaddled into a corner for a nap. Huge thanks to all who joined us for the book party. And it's not over yet ...
It's Day 16 of our countdown to the virtual launch of Space Cat's first e-book; Desert Moonfire: The Men Who Raced to Space. As the clock ticks towards our Virtual LIVE Launch on Friday 29th May at 5-6pm on Space Cat's Twitterfeed, we are buzzing with excitement. To celebrate the moment, we have a week of Prizes, GoodyBags & Discounts to share with you. Details below. Don't miss the fun and look out for us on Twitter at 5pm each day this week: https://twitter.com/SpaceCatPress
One of the things that’s always fascinated me about humans in space is their profound seclusion. Think about cosmonauts cooped up in those tiny modules of the Space Age. Or those Apollo Lunar Commanders who sailed around the Far Side of the Moon utterly alone, out of Comms. reach. Even with his strumming guitar, who could be lonelier than Bowie’s Major Tom communing with a crackly Ground Control? ‘I'm feeling very still.’ So as we Earthlings weather a lockdown we never trained for, what can we learn from astronauts who’ve been doing this for years?
So what's a Space Cat to do with an extended quarantine to play in? With our destination set and course plotted, we couldn't resist a little shop dressing to boost crew morale. Next week, we'll reveal our new look online shop with lots of goodies to browse. Look carefully on Monday and you'll find a certain cat lurking amongst the merchandise. Do Not Stroke!
While the world shelters in place and planes are grounded, the extra-terrestrial business of space travel continues. Not least because we have astronauts awaiting their own deliveries in the splendid isolation of the International Space Station. Elon Musk’s private Space X company will join forces this month with NASA to launch a manned mission to the ISS. The Crew Dragon spacecraft will carry two American astronauts to the space station where they’ll test its potential to act as a lifeboat to ISS astronauts. Here at Space Cat Press, we can’t help feeling for those hard-pressed rocketeers and Mission Controllers as we move towards our own May launch. First on our roster is an e-book version of our debut title, 'Desert Moonfire'. And our 21 Day Countdown to a Live Launch starts here!
Here in the Space Cat module, long stretches of time confined to quarters are not unknown. Between work rosters, we’re filling any downtime with books, boogying and binge watching. 2002 Firefly's rollicking western-meets-space-opera vibe reminded me of a book review I've been hoarding. 'The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet' is an exuberant space adventure in which the journey and the crew really ARE the point of the tale. It strongly reminded me of the ensemble casts of TV shows like ‘Firefly’ or ‘The Expanse’ with a dash of ‘Star Wars’ movie wackiness thrown in. So a fun, feel-good read for the apocalypse which will still leave you thinking.
A warm hello to all our SCP readers & supporters. We hope you are keeping safe and as well as possible in these strange circumstances. Even as we are 'sheltered in place' and isolated, we Earthlings have never been more reliant on each other. Let's try to weather this global storm with as much grace and compassion as we can.
So exciting to be sifting through all the submissions for our Race to the Stars anthology. It's been fun reading these independently and now we come together as editors to hammer out a shortlist together. Editing pencils at the ready!