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- DescriptionWhen he moved to the mountains of Andalucia in 1999, the first housewarming present John Gill received was a telescope. While small - a three-inch aperture reflector, nicknamed Cleo, after its dor - it rekindled a childhood fascination with astromy and set him on a journey into both space and time. From a rooftop terrace half a mile above sea level in the Serrania de Ronda mountains, he began locally, with the Moon, but soon found himself at the limits of the solar system. With Cleo's reach failing, he hitched aboard a variety of other craft - from the Royal Observatory at Greenwich to the Hubble Space Telescope, via Mount Palomar and the SETI project - on a journey to the edge of space, where 'lookback time', the time light takes to reach Earth from astromical objects, stretches back some 13.666 billion light years (and counting...), the assumed age of the kwn universe. Away from his telescope, he also immersed himself in his new community, t least by becoming a music columnist - in Spanish - on a small underground arts magazine, discovering an entirely different Spain to the culture, often driven by expatriates, to be found forty miles away on the Costa del Sol. He interlaces his stop-offs at the way stations to the stars with sideways observations on a modern society coming to terms with a feudal past in a young democracy barely thirty years old. Space Travel for Beginners follows on from his earlier The Stars Over Paxos, about a year on a Greek island armed only with biculars and a clifftop launchpad barely one hundred feet above the Ionian Sea. Like his hero, Italo Calvi's Mr. Palomar, it is concerned with the near and the far, the big and the small, the present, the future and the deep past.
- Author BiographyJohn Gill is a freelance journalist and the author of seven books, including Hype! (1990), a comic novel about the music industry; The Stars Over Paxos (1995), a travelogue about life on a small Greek island; Queer Noises (1996), a survey of lesbian and gay contributions to contemporary music; The Rough Guide to Corfu and the Ionian Islands (1997); Essential Gaudi (2001), a study of the work of the Catalan architect; and the Thomas Cook Travellers Guide to Seville and Andalucia (2003). He is also an editor of and contributor to the Eyewitness Guide to Mallorca and the Balearics (2004) and the Eyewitness Guide to Seville and Andalusia (2007). He published Andalucia: A Cultural History in 2008 with Signal Books, published by the Oxford University Press in the USA, and is currently working on a cultural history of Athens for the same publisher.
- Author(s)John Gill
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication05/05/2010
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight249 g
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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