With apologies to the late James W. Best for appropriating his image (from his 1935 Forest Life in India)

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Not So Fast...

I’ve not had much luck trawling book fairs, and things were looking typically bleak the other day when a visit to the annual fair in a nearby village hall looked like drawing another blank. Someone did have a first edition Nineteen Eighty-Four on offer, but I was put off by the tatty dust jacket – not to mention the £350 price tag. Finding nothing affordable at eye level, I resorted to rummaging in the ‘bargain boxes’ on the floor, where finally I found this tatty Scholastic Book Services, New York offering for the princely sum of a pound:


A children's book published in 1970, it celebrates the Apollo 11 moon landing, and gushes with enthusiasm about the immediate future of space exploration. ‘For space explorers,’ it says, ‘anything is possible.’ It shows the proposed landing sites of future Apollo missions, up to and including Apollo 20 – Apollo 17, in 1972, would actually be the last – and speculates that permanent moon colonies could be established, and the first manned landings made on Mars, by the early 1980s…