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marnixR
Post  Post subject: the grand tour  |  Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:38 pm
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i have copy of the 2005 edition of The Grand Tour: A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System in my possession, and i feel that it should really be time that an updated version is being issued

i see that the 1st edition was from 1981, the 2nd one from 1993 and the latest one from 2005 - does this mean that next year we can expect the 4th edition to come out ? i hope so because there's so much more we now know from probes such as New Horizons (Pluto), Messenger (Mercury), Curiosity (Mars), Dawn (Ceres) and who could forget the double act of Rosetta and Philae ?

and why is there no wikipedia article on this commendable book ? other notable science books have their individual entries, so why not the Grand Tour ?

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Rory
Post  Post subject: Re: the grand tour  |  Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:31 pm
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Why don't you make a wiki article, marnix?

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marnixR
Post  Post subject: Re: the grand tour  |  Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:38 pm
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i'm not sure if i'm up to the job
a stub, maybe, but a full scale article is a big deal, especially when wikipedia insists on you following its exacting standards
i've seen some of my early attempts for other topics torpedoed for a variety of reasons - one of them for not showing sufficient evidence that it had a reason to exist, i.e. it has to be something that is sufficiently newsworthy to at least a section of the general or specialist public

still, i might give it a try

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marnixR
Post  Post subject: Re: the grand tour  |  Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:59 pm
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the good news is that both authors Ron Miller and William K Hartmann have wikipedia entries aganst their name, and that Ron Miller's entry mentions the Grand Tour (i've also added it to Hartmann's bibliography) and i've turned the book title into an empty wikipedia link (i.e. the first step towards creating an article)

that's the easy work done - i'll have to see how i might approach the next step (although that will have to wait until after the xmas period, too many things going on during that time)

any thoughts, suggestions or snippets of info are welcome - unless someone wants to start the article themselves - be my guest, in that case i'll be the support actor, otherwise i'll have to be the lead by default

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