Item description for Astronauts in Trouble: Master Flight Plan by Larry Young...
The critically acclaimed series is now collected! All three stories are included: Live From The Moon, Space: 1959, and One Shot, One Beer, as well as short stories by Brian Wood, Kieron Dwyer, and Darick Robertson.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 29, 2003
ISBN 1932051120 ISBN13 9781932051124
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More About Larry Young
Larry Young, PhD, is the director of the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, the William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, and chief of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta.
Brian Alexander is an award-winning journalist and the author of several books, including "Rapture: How Biotech Became the New Religion "and "America Unzipped: The Search for Sex and Satisfaction. "He lives in San Diego."
Larry Young currently resides in San Francisco, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Astronauts in Trouble: Master Flight Plan?
Great thought-provoking entertainment! Aug 3, 2007
I can't believe it took me so long to get this and read it. Kudos to Author Young for putting together an interesting story and then a prequel and sequel that do it justice. What fun! Highly recommended for fans of Space Travel, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels, Robots, Rockets, Reading & Drinking.
You had me at "Astronauts..."
Lost in Space Nov 23, 2005
This book collects the three different "Astronauts in Trouble" series into an attractive, compact format. The rich stories feature sharp, stark black and white inking that does an excellent job of varying the level of detail from exacting to suggestive. And while many artists might have been tempted to go crazy with the techno aspects of the space storylines, Adlard is admirably restrained. However, production-wise, there are three areas for improvement: First, in a collection this long, there's no excuse for not having page numbers, especially when the layout allows plenty of margin to do so. Second, a dust jacket to tempt the browser with something visually arresting and make them want to open the covers (as the original series covers did). Here, they've gone the conceptual route, with a blah cover that's supposed to look like a government document -- sometimes clever concepts should remain as concepts. Finally, the paper stock is kind of cheap, with poor opacity, resulting in a lot of "see-through" inking from the reverse of pages. On to the the storytelling...
Set in the not-to-distant future, "Live from the Moon" opens rather confusingly with an underwater hostage situation involving a news team confronting an ecoterrorist. The Channel Seven trio (cameraman, producer, reporter) escape by the skin of their teeth, establishing them as a news crew that lives dangerously. We next find them in Georgia, waiting to interview megabillioniare industrialist Ishmael Hayes about his latest venture. They're a little stunned to be introduced to his private lunar expedition, and more stunned when they find themselves along for a ride to the moon when an ecoterrorist causes a premature launch. Events get even more interesting when they discover his plan to stake claim to the entire moon... but when some gangsters back on Earth decide to launch Ukrainian nukes at them, things go from bad to worse. It's a very convoluted tale with a lot of "huh?" moments (SPOILER ALERT: Would old Soviet nukes actually be able to reach the moon? Would a short burst from a directional antenna actually divert including missiles? And if Hayes actually controls the ecoterrorists, why did he allow them to affect his operation?), but plenty of wit and style. The dialogue is especially good, and tends to distract from the plot holes.
"Space: 1959" steps back a generation to the dawn of mobile television news, where an earlier (but strikingly similar) crew from Channel Seven plays detective. A seemingly innocuous downtown shooting puts them on the track of a secret government plan to beat the USSR to the moon. At a rocket base in Peru they meet Col. Macadam, a square-jawed, crew-cut, gung-ho '50s hero who won't let anyone interfere with his pet project. As in the first story, an infiltrator sabotages the plan, and Macadam must make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure no dirty commie is first to set foot on the moon. It's somewhat schizophrenic (intentionally so, according to the intro), starting as a kind of classic crime caper, then moving into pulp action/adventure, and ending in a long contemplative sequence.
"One Shot, One Beer" is the most whimsical portion of the collection, taking place a decade after "Live From the Moon." At Cool Ed's lunar bar, where they have "the only Guinness on tap for 240,000 miles", a bunch of barflies sit around swapping stories. These include an accidental bank heist, a Japanese folk tale, a Sherpa's encounter with Col. Macadam long ago, and a few more bits and pieces that dovetail with the two previous entries in the series. At the core of is a lengthy "insider's" story about what happened ten years ago with all that "Hayes stuff." A miner who worked on Hayes' subsurface excavation gives his own account of how the "Live From the Moon" events played out, and his own role in almost destroying the entire base. It's a nice ending to the book, and the robot bar owner is especially amusing.
Five microcomics based on "Astronauts in Trouble" and written by creator Larry Young round things out, but don't add much to the proceedings. All in all, it's a solid piece of work blending action, sci-fi, and humor -- definitely likely to appeal to those with a real interest in astronauts (duh!). Young deserves kudos for creating a series that spans generations and genres in a refreshing manner.