Bradcast 2678 Tim Dooley

04 Apr 2016 Timothy Mills Dooley
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Guest:  Tim Dooley;  Mr. Dooley discusses his latest book in series Tales From An Alternate History regarding The Victorian Space Age.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,   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

During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Tim Dooley provided us with an introduction to his Victorian Space Age work and stories as part of his Tales From An Alternate History.  In particular, we mostly talked about the stories in his newest book, "Early Spaceflight."  This book contains three stories, "The Quest For Speed," A Friendly Wager," and The First Martian."  An important part of Tim's work are the pictures he uses, sometimes inspired by reality, but all original drawings by Tim as he is an extremely talented artist.  Given we have so many new Space Show listeners that may not be familiar with Tim's earlier shows and his work, the first segment focuses on an introduction to the Victorian Space Age projects, missions, technology, and Mars and Venus visits.  Noe that his early space timeline builds on the beginning, starting way back with the BC timeline.  Make sure you visit the different timelines at as each one provides a chronological accounting of what happened in space development and when.  Also, be sure to visit his website for more information on his stories and The Victorian Space Age at

A few of the highlights of the first segment include mentioning Dr. Robert Zubrin and his counterpart in the Victorian Space Age, the same for Elon Musk, and even the early days of space advocacy.  Note the similarities with Venus cloud cities to today's theories for humans going to Venus.  The same for Mars and the Moon.  In this early space history, there was also a private sector industry along side the government industry and the Elon Musk counterpart was the super industrialist of the time.  Another modern person that had a counterpart in the early period was Conrad Hilton.  Don't miss this story line.

Before the segment ended, BJohn asked about early balloon flight and the possible inspiration for the "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells.   Don't miss Tim's response to this set of questions.

In the second segment, BJohn asked another question pertaining to the ancient Greeks in space and the so called God Illusion.  Tim had much to say about this, including a reference to Carl Sagan on the subject.  Don't miss this discussion. 

Tim addressed character development in his stories and alternate timeline.  We noted similar technologies such as the use of parachutes and heatshields in the early period.  Furthermore, we learned that interstellar flight began in 1833 in Arizona.  The technology used for this type of flight was folding space.  Don't miss Tim's description of this advanced technology.  BJohn got in one more question about other national space programs then and now, specifically China.

Please post your comments/questions in the comments section for this show in the archived section of The Space Show website.  You can reach Tim Dooley through his website or me.




Victorian and early space age development

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