After many years of work, I completed writing, illustrating and designing a book on the history of the Russian space program. It was published by Apogee Prime (ISBN 978-1926837-25-3).
ALL THREE EDITIONS SOLD OUT AND THE BOOK IS OUT OF PRINT
Get this book! This is an impressive, artfully done and seminal masterpiece...
I now have my coworker's copy in my grubby little hands.
GO BUY THIS BOOK!
What I did not realize is that it is large format. For those of you interested in digital, I'd only say that this is a demonstration of the value of books. Large format, high quality illustrations in high resolution. Looks great.
All his work is amazing. As soon as I can get a copy I will.
Got mine today (on the left side of the pond) a week after ordering it. A beautiful piece of work.
My copy just arrived - wow, what a book. I too did not realize it was large format. This is a book to savour. Thank you for this magnificent work Anatoly.
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My book came yesterday. VERY impressive. What a lot of talent it takes to do that all by yourself.
An e-mail to author
I just got your book and it is amazing! Paging through it, it's easy to see that you put a decade worth of work into it. It's more than I anticipated; I've never seen another book dealing with the Russian space program like it. It's colorful, it's crammed-pack with history and dreams - and it's heavy! This will keep me busy for a long, long time. Well done!
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I just received my copy of your book Russia in Space yesterday. It looks fantastic. Almost 700 footnotes, beautiful pictures, diagrams and photos.
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I just got my copy of your book Friday - wow! I was surprised how large and well-illustrated it is. Nice work!
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From the back cover:
ABOUT THE BOOK
This large format, illustrated book is a unique attempt to visualize the future of astronautics through the eyes of Russian space engineers and to describe that nation's planning in space during the past several decades. Based on actual documents, it is the first comprehensive illustrated publication dedicated to the Russian vision for the future of manned spaceflight from the 1960s until today.
Lavishly illustrated with images of unparalleled artistic quality and technical accuracy, this edition:
Anatoly Zak – writer and illustrator specialized in the history of space exploration. Native of Russia, he attended School of Journalism at Moscow State University. Upon moving to the United States, he earned journalism degree from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is a publisher of RussianSpaceWeb.com, a unique and unmatched online resource for news, historical information, photography and imagery on space program in the former USSR.
Zak also contributed reporting, illustrations and commentary on space to BBC, the Air & Space Smithsonian, CNN and many other mass media organizations around the world. His computer visualizations were used by NASA, European Space Agency and their major contractors including Boeing and Alenia among many others.
Back in Moscow, he worked as a contributing editor for the Astronomy and Cosmonautics series of Moscow Polytech Society and later as an aviation and space reporter for the Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the first independent daily in Russia. He visited all leading Russian space centers including Baikonur Cosmodrome and interviewed many legendary personalities in the Soviet space program, including Boris Chertok and Alexei Leonov.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter I: Collapse and near death - p. 3
Chapter II: Struggling to survive - p. 45
Chapter III: Phoenix returns - p. 75
Chapter IV: Vision into the future - p. 185
Chapter V: Forward to Mars! - p. 197
Chapter VI: Going to the Moon... to stay - p. 255
Afterword - p. 296
References - p. 298
Picture credits - p. 315
Chronology - p. 318
Subject index - p. 332
Text, illustrations, photography, book cover design and page layouts by Anatoly Zak
All rights reserved
The author with the third printing of the book. Click to enlarge.
In addition to writing and illustrating this book, I personally designed and laid out each of its 300 plus pages. And I promise, you've never seen anything like that! All chapter pages are color-coded for Earth-orbiting spacecraft (blue), Moon-bound vehicles (gray) and Mars expeditionary hardware (sandy). All illustrations are strictly based on Soviet and Russian blueprints, which are shown alongside the artwork. Here are just a few examples:
Page 2-3 spread. An introduction describing seemingly imminent collapse of the Russian space program in the first post-Soviet decade.
Page 18-19 spread. Little known Soviet and Russian designs for the "big" Soyuz.
Page 262-263 spread. Previously unknown (and unseen) designs of the Soviet lunar city from the 1960s in historic blueprints and present-day visualizations.
Page 196-197 spread. Opening of the Mars chapter.
Page 202-203 spread. Visualizations of the earliest and little-known Soviet proposal for an interplanetary spacecraft.
Page 210-211 spread. Visualizations of Vladimir Chelomei's UR-700 and UR-900 rockets and his plans for exploration of Mars.
Page 242-243 spread. Visualizations and descriptions of the latest Russian plans for the manned expedition to Mars.
Text, illustrations, photography, front cover design and page layouts by Anatoly Zak. All rights reserved.