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Today is the rollout of hard SF author Allen’s Steele’s latest novel, “V-S-Day”. It’s a novel of alternate history, set during WW2, which examines the “what-if” of Hitler giving the go ahead for the Sanger-designed “Silbervogel” (Silverbird) sub-orbital space bomber. This proposal was very real, only it never got the green light – in our time line. In Allen’s story Werner Von Braun is shifted from his work on the V-2 to coordinate the Silbervogel project. The allies catch wind of the plan and fight it the only way that they can think how: to use their own, home grown rocket scientist, Robert Goddard, to create an interceptor. And the race is on.

Sanger Amerika Bomber by shelbs2

Allen spent time in both Germany and in Robert Goddard’s Worcester, Mass. lab investigating the stories details, as well as doing research on the aeronautics and consulting with friends at NASA on specific details of implementing the technology. The book is an expansion of his older short story, “Goddard’s People” and uses material generated for the aborted screenplay for the movie.  Ron Miller generated partial story boards for the movie effort (you can see some on Allen's FB page: www.facebook.com/Allensteelesf… ) and provides some vehicular tech illustrations for the book. And this book is my first in the role of Allen’s “first reader” – a sort of content editor position.

Birth of Rocketry by VisualMotionMedia

The book’s available in hardcover, Audible, and Kindle formats:

HC: www.amazon.com/V-S-Day-Novel-A…
Kindle: www.amazon.com/V-S-Day-Novel-A…
Audible: www.amazon.com/V-S-Day-Novel-A…
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William-Black Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This looks like a great read. Apparently Scott Lowther Aerospace Projects Review produced the diagram of Sanger’s Silverbird for the book. Scotts work, along with artist Ron Miller’s work, who produced the diagram of the US military’s response, are featured in the book. Story here: Unwanted Blog.
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, Robert Goddard! I used to drive by that little rocket statue all the time.

Semi-related: David Clark Co. did work for the space program back in the 60's. My grandpa used to work there, and there's a photo of my dad as a young boy meeting some of the astronauts.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
NEAT! I think almost every manufacturer in the US was touched by the space program in some way, back then... or so it seems. Maybe that's why we can't get back to the Moon: we off-shored too much of the industry that got us there the first time??! ;p
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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Glad the Nazi war machine was destroyed, and I've got my own books to peddle.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Peddle those books, man! Peddle like the wind!

Me.... I ain't makin' a cent off this one. It's the first book of his in a while that I didn't having a role in. I hope I get some work on the next one?!?!
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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I still need cover art for Banshee's Wail, what do you charge and how high is your nitpicking tolerance?
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Drop me a note and we can discuss.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Think this sounds a great idea!

All it needs is someone in Hollywood to do it.

After all, someone did Iron Sky!!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well this wouldn't be tongue in cheek like I.S.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it? Never seen the film but it got made.

I meant alternate Nazi timeline films seldom if ever get made - unless its in Star Trek!
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