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Rob Godwin, Friday, 9-12-14 September 13, 2014

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Rob Godwin, Friday, 9-12-14

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Guest:  Robert (Rob) Godwin.  Topics:  We discussed the new ApogeePrime book “2001: The Heritage And Legacy Of The Space Odyssey” & more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed back to our program Rob Godwin to discuss his new book, “2001: the Heritage And Legacy Of The Space Odyssey.”  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Rob began by paying tribute to the late Fred Ordway, co-author of the book as Fred recently passed away.  Fred was also the technical advisor on the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” so Rob spent some time discussing his role, the contacts he had in the global aerospace industry to help make the film accurate, even in the future.  Rob explained the structure of the book with the first two parts coming from Fred and the third part contributed by Rob.  Early in the segment, I asked Rob why this movie still had such a large following and appeal.  Listen to Rob’s explanation.  Why do you think this movie remains so popular today?  Rob talked at length throughout our discussion about Fred’s contacts and he even told stories about Fred getting the latest lunar photos from the Soviet Union and a leading French observatory to help assure the film would not be out of date at release time.  Our guest also talked about Sir Arthur Clarke, his role in the early days of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and his work with the director, Stanley Kubrick.  Rob went back in time when discussing the first two segments of the book to talk about classic space themed science fiction movies and books.  If this interests you, listen to the program with pen and paper so you can jot them down to find them online at a later date.  In talking about these old classics, Rob showed us how 2001 and later movies were built upon the themes, story lines, and even the special effects of many of these old classics.  Listeners had lots of questions.  Todd wanted to know about the movies impact on our actual space program.  Another asked Rob about the movie’s impact on the NewSpace community. Ben wanted to know about the “hidden & deep meaning” of 2001 movie.  As the segment was ending, we talked about Star Wars, Star Trek & other movies in context with 2001.  Rob hit on  Clarke’s “The Lost Worlds of 2001” as to how he explained the meaning of the movie.

In the second segment, we talked about buying the book at http://www.apogeeprime.com. Rob also told us about an upcoming special event at the IAC in Toronto to honor Fred Ordway and a possible US touring exhibit related to the book and film.  Listeners asked about modern space sci fi films including Gravity & Prometheus, then the discussion returned to Star Trek and the introduction of the idea of suspended animation in film.  Listeners kept bringing up other sci fi films for discussion and Rob stressed the importance of the early& classic work by Voltaire, “Micromegas.” This is a free download at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30123.  The final part of our discussion focused on classic space TV and movie serials.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can contact Rob Godwin through the ApogeePrime website or me.

Adam Johnson, Monday, 11-11-13 November 12, 2013

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Adam Johnson, Monday, 11-11-13

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Guest:  Adam K. Johnson.  Topics:  The lost science behind the making of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, photos & science discussed in detail.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Adam Johnson to the program for a fascinating discussion regarding the lost science, photography, and people behind the famous 2001: A Space Odyssey movie.  In the first segment of this 1 hour 33 minute discussion, we talked about Adam’s book, 2001: The Lost Science; The science and technology of the most influential film ever made.  The book, published by Apogee Prime, is a large format, high resolution picture and fact book documenting the making of the 2001 movie.  The people behind the movie and the science are both fact and photographed detailed, the models used and developed for the film are in the book, and little or unknown facts behind the making of this film are revealed, maybe for the first time.  Adam talked at length about the science advisors including Fred Ordway, Arthur C. Clarke, Henry Lange, and others.  He had much to say about Kubrick and his making of the film, plus his visit to the archives at the space center in Huntsville and getting those archives in order for research and for historical purposes.  Adam found blueprints related to the film and so much more. He was asked about the movie sets and props and we learned that Kubrick ordered them destroyed after the film was made to keep them from being used in a B rated sci fi movie.  Listeners asked about the science fiction in the movie largely becoming reality today.  Mr. Johnson had much to say about the utopian viewpoint expressed in the movie, the fact that Russians actually visited the set and one was a spy.  We even discussed the still photography, the two photographers, and black and white as compared to color photography.  Doug asked about the large scale props in the moving having influence on our use of large scale space hardware for real such as in heavy lift the and the shuttle.  At the end of the segment, we learned that Adam is working on Volume 2 to be released next year.  Also, he mentioned the Kubrick and other view that only scientists and educated people, test pilots, and the like would ever be able to go to space.

In the second segment, Dave Hook emailed in to ask if our guest could reference modern sci fi movies that would be icons like 2001.  He mentioned two movies.  Billy wanted to talk about Apollo 13 and the later film, Apollo 18.  When Adam was asked what was most impactful to him, he mentioned the Russian story and the contributions by Fred.  I asked about the theme song and Kubrick having taken it from the famous Strauss symphony.  Adam gave us the fascinating history behind the use of this music.  Hint: God , asking unanswerable questions about ourselves and our place in the universe.  Near the end, we talked about modern day space having a legacy from this film.  We also talked about the nuclear rocket and how the movie changed the lives of countless people that saw it.

Please post comments/questions on TSS blog.  Information about the book is at www.apogeeprime.com/prime/bookpages/9781926837192.html.