On the road, in California

Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space cover

After being in print for twenty years, the Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space, covering everything that was learned on every single space mission in the 20th century, has finally gone out of print.

I presently have my last four hardback copies available for sale. The book sold new for about $90. To get your own autographed copy of this now rare collector's item, please send a $120 check (which includes shipping) payable to Robert Zimmerman to

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"Useful to space buffs and generalists, comprehensive but readable, Bob Zimmerman's Encyclopedia belongs front and center on everyone's bookshelf." -- Mike Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut


"The Chronological Encylopedia of Discoveries in Space is no passionless compendium of information. Robert Zimmerman's fact-filled reports, which cover virtually every spacecraft or probe to have ventured into the heavens, relate the scientific and technical adventure of space exploration enthusiastically and with authority." -- American Scientist

I spent the day driving to Orange County, California to attend the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Southern California Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference tomorrow, where I will be the keynote speaker at their evening banquet. Though I will be at the conference, I expect to be able to post tomorrow periodically.



  • D. K. Williams


  • D. K. Williams

    Will you be posting your speech on BTB?

  • No, not likely. I do these lectures often, but they rarely videotape them, and even when they do I don’t usually get access.

    Then again, if people are interested in hearing me give a lecture, they simply have to ask me to do it. I have a variety of lectures that I give, depending on request. Saturday’s talk is entitled “Predicting the future of space exploration, based on the past.” It is essentially a history lesson about what has and has not worked in past human efforts to establish colonies and new societies in frontier settings. I then link this to the present day situation in space.

    There are speaker’s fees, of course.

  • wodun

    Awesome. Please post something about what is going on at the conference. You know, pics of what is in the swag bag, people in costumes, different speakers or seminars you attended and of course a funny story about an after party.

    Oh, I really wished people who go to things like this would do more to show us outsiders what it is like. It may seem mundane and it probably is but I listen to the Space Show while I fish so nothing is boring if it is also interesting.

    Seriously, if I read one more blog where the author mentions going to an event like this, then says absolutly nothing about what went on or their experiences there…

  • Your wish is my command, though there is that saying, be careful what you wish for.

    This conference is an industry conference, not a new space activist meeting. Thus, the papers are generally boring.

  • wodun

    Thanks :)

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