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The coattails of God : the ultimate spaceflight--the trip to the stars

Author: Robert M Powers; Ron Miller
Publisher: New York : Warner Books : Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, ©1981.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Great Ring of Brodgar in the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland, are flat slabs fifteen feet high, and can be seen from great distances at sea. The circle of stones and the small cairns close by were very precisely placed on the island; the Ring is within two inches of a perfect 125 megalithic yards (about 2.720 feet per yard) in diameter. The people who built it must have spent years moving the huge stones to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M Powers; Ron Miller
ISBN: 0446512311 9780446512312
OCLC Number: 7463807
Description: xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Chinamen, cars, and mad yellow teakettles --
You can't get there from here --
Rubbing two sticks together --
No way to beat the dealer? --
The Methuselah enzyme & other thoughts --
Plentitude cannot be restricted --
Starprobe --
The first step --
Rendezvous with a starship --
A stately pleasure dome --
Mongrels are the smartest dogs --
Last tango at the sun --
The coattails of God --
You can't go home again.
Responsibility: Robert M. Powers ; [text illustrations by Ron Miller].

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"The Great Ring of Brodgar in the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland, are flat slabs fifteen feet high, and can be seen from great distances at sea. The circle of stones and the small cairns close by were very precisely placed on the island; the Ring is within two inches of a perfect 125 megalithic yards (about 2.720 feet per yard) in diameter. The people who built it must have spent years moving the huge stones to correspond exactly with their ancient measurement. […] There is no convenient explanation why ancient man from the second millennium B.C. volunteered to face the harsh winters on the northern outposts of Scotland to build an edifice which must have taken generations to construct and maintain. We know now they wished to observe the moon. Was that all? We know a little more about the great observatory at Stonehenge…and some details of the installation at Er Grah near Carnac, […] Temple Wood and Mid Clyth, […] and there are dozens of other strange and near vanished sites of similar construction in Ireland. The building of the Pyramids, and the giant stone statues of Easter Island both took the work of generations to complete. Their builders must have been sustained in some way by the dream of what they were constructing. […] Man’s efforts at cathedral-building, the sustained thrust that brought about democracy in a large part of the world, the constant expansion of human healthcare, and the sustaining of an industrial revolution and technology are similar events which required the attention of several generations. That mankind should again undertake a gigantic project, the goal of which extends beyond the lifetimes of the originators, would therefore not be historically surprising." Voyages into space are projects of that magnitude. Stories of how mankind, from ancient times to the early 1980s, has dreamed of seeing, reaching the moon, planets, and stars, are included in this book. --Excerpted and encapsulated from the Preface, pages [xi]-xvi.

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