And I'll be having my own little celebration on this blog too. No hiphop, happily. Just a bunch of reviews of books about Apollo 11 and the three astronauts who crewed it - Neil Alden Armstrong, Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr and Michael Collins.
But until then, I thought it might prove interesting to pimp some of the books being published for Apollo40. Some of them I might buy - and so will subsequently be reviewed here at some point - but not all of them.
The Apollo 11 Moon Landing: A Photographic Retrospective, by Dennis R Jenkins & Jorge R Frank (Speciality Press)
Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11, by Norman Mailer (Taschen)
Voices from the Moon, by Andrew Chaikin (Viking Press)
Moon 3-D, by Jim Bell (Sterling)
Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts, by Robert Jacobs (Harry N Abrams)
One Giant Leap: Apollo 11 Forty Years on, by Piers Bizony (Aurum Press)
Moonshot: The Inside Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure, by Dan Parry (Ebury Press)
Apollo 11 Owner's Workshop Manual, by Christopher Riley & Phil Dolling (Haynes)
Missions to the Moon, by Rod Pyle (Sterling)
Hornet Plus Three: The Story of the Apollo 11 Recovery, by Bob Fish (Beagle Bay Books)
T-Minus: The Race to the Moon, by Jim Ottaviani, Zander Cannon & Kevin Cannon (Aladdin)
The Soaring Achievements of John C Houbolt, by Robert E Sterling (CreateSpace)
Saturn V / Apollo Lunar Orbit Rendezvous, edited by Robert Godwin (Apogee Books)
Lunar Module Familiarization Guide, edited by Robert Godwin (Apogee Books)
I know very little about any of the books above. Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 looks like it might be very good, but unfortunately it's priced at £599.99! T-Minus: The Race to the Moon is a graphic novel and looks really interesting. Speciality Press, er, specialise in aviation books - such as the very good Magnesium Overcast on the B-36, Hypersonic on the X-15, Valkyrie on the XB-70 and the Warbird Tech series, among others. Both Chaikin and Bizony are excellent writers on space-related matters. The book on Houbolt is self-published via Amazon's CreateSpace, but the subject is relevant so I included it.