T minus zero! We have ignition…

…and liftoff!

Liftoff of the space website Out of the Cradle, on a mission to the outer reaches of the blogosphere! OotC has cleared the tower!

Well, that was fun, if more than a little space-geek-y. But hey, that’s who I am; I get shivers down my spine every time I hear a countdown. Space floats my boat, as it were. It’s what I’m passionate about. I have no idea why, it’s something I was infected with as a very young child – I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in space – and it’s stayed with me my whole life. In fact it’s only gotten stronger, despite NASA’s best efforts to take the incredible promise and risk and excitement inherent in space-flight and make it about as interesting as a bottle of sleeping pills.

It never ceases to amaze me how the space agency (which I love with a passion, don’t get me wrong) can take the raw adrenaline of flying in space, put it through a public affairs sausage machine, and extrude – pure Valium.

Anyway, lots to talk about and lots to do. You’ll be seeing the new features I talked about in my T-2 days post appearing on the site over the next few days. The first of the interviews, with Sam Dinkin of SpaceShot, is already up. It’s well worth a read – and FreeSpaceShot is well worth a play!

The first chapter of the serial novel is still undergoing some editing, but it should be up by the weekend. Every time I think I’m happy with it I read it again and find something else that’s not quite right. Won’t be too much longer though.

You might see brief problems with the site layout over the next couple of days, as I introduce the Asteroid Archives and Martian Manuscripts sections. Everything will settle down once they are in place though.

Incidentally, if you have any book suggestions for either section, let me know.

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