Tuesday, July 2, 2013 |
The book deal was only a matter of time.
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who became an intergalactic superstar thanks to his photos of space and social media savvy, hits bookshelves on October 29, 2013. In Canada, the book will be published by Random House Canada.An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth -- which is the first book in a two-book deal -- promises "extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut" and will show readers "how to make the impossible a reality." Hadfield will mine his own career and unique experiences for the book, which appears to be part-biography, part how-to and part-pie-in-the-sky dreaming -- thus similar in form to Hadfield's communications with the public while in space.
"Chris has a delightful capacity to bring home the fascinating details of what it takes to be an astronaut and what it's like to live in microgravity, and then to dig deeper into all the surprising training and lessons learned that help him -- and the whole astronaut corps -- do the impossible as if it's another day at work," Anne Collins, publisher of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group, said through a press statement. "On top of that, he might be the best witness we've ever had to the wonders of space, the fragility and beauty of our planet, and the necessity to keep pushing the envelope of space exploration."
Naturally, Hadfield and his publishers used social media, the tools that made him a household name during his five-month stint aboard the International Space Station, to announce his book. You can watch the Random House-produced video below.