Large Print - 2006
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"The year is 2009. For Kip Dawson, winning a passenger seat on one of American Space Adventure's commercial spaceflights is a dream come true. One grand shot of insanity and he can return to earth fulfilled. It's a bittersweet moment of triumph, however, muted by his wife's terror over his accepting the prize. The day of the launch, Kip tries to reconcile his wife's and daughters' fears and even tries calling his estranged son, to no avail. He sets off, vowing to make amends upon his return. But a successful launch quickly morphs into chaos when a micrometeor punches through the wall of the spacecraft, leaving the radios as dead as the pilot. In the blink of an eye, Kip Dawson is truly alone and has no way of navigating the ship home. With nothing to do but wait for death, Kip writes his epitaph on the ship's laptop computer, unaware that an audience of millions has discovered it and is tracking his every word on the Internet. As a massive struggle gets under way to rescue him, Kip has no idea that the world can hear his cries -- or that his heroism in the face of death may sabotage his best chance of survival."--Back cover.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2006
Edition: Large print ed
Branch Call Number: LP FICTION NAN
Characteristics: 514 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Jun 04, 2015

A good character study examining an ordinary man who wins a trip on a private space flight, and when things go terribly wrong and he finds himself waiting to die, he starts writing an extended letter to whoever in the future finds the shuttle. Little does he know that his profound insights and questions are touching the lives of countless others reading his words on Earth. An uplifting and optimistic novel. I find myself wondering why Nance hasn't written anything since this.

Feb 07, 2010

This is the second book I have read by John Nance and both are great reads! The first book, fireflight, is about aircraft fighting fires and what happens when things go very wrong. This book deals with civilian space flight and what happens when things go very wrong. I see a theme but both book are worth the read.

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