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Public Loneliness

October, 1967. Yuri Gagarin sits atop a Proton rocket, ready to launch. After several turbulent years in the public eye, he's been chosen in secrecy to captain the Soviet Union's latest space spectacular: the first manned flight around the moon. The second story in the Altered Space series, Public Loneliness is a detailed and imaginative look at a country and a space program with a curious schizophrenia regarding publicity and secrecy. Based on extensive research, it's also a lively and literary story that references familiar classics (like Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea) and forgotten landmarks of Soviet socialist realism, while also touching on universal themes of adventure, alcoholism, heroism and shame. It's a compelling look behind the massive posters at the all-too-real man who led the human race into space.
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This great read truly sounds like Gagarin could have written this himself. It captures the spirit of the first spacefarer well, in the middle of a gripping story that had me wondering until the very last page. A great book!- Francis French, author, In the Shadow of the Moon Brennan does an amazing job of sharing the history of the world's first human spaceflight, presented here in the context of a fictional second flight for Yuri Gagarin. The actual history is informative, the fictional story is compelling, and Brennan tells the tale in an imminently readable first-person narrative that is utterly believable. Well worth the read.- David Hitt, author, Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story Really wonderfully written, evocative, and original in its approach to "humanize" not only the space program but the Soviet side of the race.- Dr. Asif Siddiqi, Ph.D., author, The Red Rockets' Glare, Sputnik and the Soviet Space Challenge and The Soviet Space Race with Apollo

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