Sue Nelson and Dallas Campbell

Book Shambles Live at QED Con

When we originally announced we were doing a Book Shambles Live at QED Con in Manchester we were supposed to be joined by Mercury 13 and aviation legend Wally Funk, but sadly she had to pull out due to last minute illness. So joining Robin is author of Wally Funk’s Race for Space, Sue Nelson and doing his best Josie Long impression, co-host for this week is Dallas Campbell. They chat about women in space, books that have not quite predicted the future so accurately and, of course, the great Wally Funk.

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Reading List

Robin recommends:

Wally Funk’s Race for Space by Sue Nelson

Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet by Dallas Campbell

Right Stuff, Wrong Sex by Margaret A Weitekamp

Shoot for the Moon by Richard Wiseman

Into Orbit by John Glenn

Sue recommends:

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Dallas recommends:

A Galaxy of Her Own by Libby Jackson

Look magazine (from the 60s)…

The Promise of Space by Arthur C Clarke

Alternative 3 by Leslie Watkins

The Paperclip Conspiracy by Tom Bower

Flying Saucers by Carl Jung

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