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eBook The Alpha Control Reference Manual (4th Revised Edition) ePub

by William E. Anchors,Jr. and Gary Stork,Jr.,Philip Lublin

  • ISBN: 188041712X
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  • Author: William E. Anchors,Jr. and Gary Stork,Jr.,Philip Lublin
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Alpha Control Press; 4th Revised Edition edition (November 11, 2009)
  • ePub book: 1347 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 793

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The Alpha Control Manual was lots of fun and I enjoyed my trip back in time to my childhood. Bill Anchors and Gary Stork have done an amazing job of making the technology of the Lost In Space Universe actually sound feasible.

The Alpha Control Manual was lots of fun and I enjoyed my trip back in time to my childhood. Looking back, I have to say that Lost In Space was the seed from which I have enjoyed sci fi over 45 years. In addition to describing the technology, they have also created a history of Alpha Control, the Jupiter series project, the United States' space colonization project, and how it all fits into real world history as well as the fictional world of Lost In Space.

William E. Anchors J. Gary Stork Jr., Philip Lublin (Illustrator) . This was not only the first book about LOST IN SPACE but remains the best technical manual about the LOST IN SPACE universe! Its 96 pages cover all aspects of the Alpha Control mission. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

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This was not only the first book about LOST IN SPACE but remains the best technical manual about the LOST IN SPACE universe! Its 96 pages cover all aspects of the Alpha Control mission. Crew biographies and photos are presented along with a history of Alpha Control and a description of the working of the Jupiter 2, plus complete blueprints of the Jupiter 2 (interiors and exteriors), the Chariot, Space Pod, weapons and other ships and equipment.

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Melipra Melipra
Published in 1988, this was not only the first book about Lost in Space but remains the best technical manual about the Lost in Space universe! Limited to 1,000 copies printed, its 102 pages cover all aspects of the Alpha Control mission. Crew biographies and photos are presented along with a history of Alpha Control and a description of the working of the Jupiter 2, plus complete blueprints of the Jupiter 2 (interiors and exteriors), the Chariot, Space Pod, weapons and other ships and equpment. A really nice book.
Munigrinn Munigrinn
The Alpha Control Manual was lots of fun and I enjoyed my trip back in time to my childhood. Looking back, I have to say that Lost In Space was the seed from which I have enjoyed sci fi over 45 years. The book is worthwhile if you want to read some things about the show, the ship and the crew as well as the imaginary time-line in which it was all set.
BroWelm BroWelm
Just a bunch of stupid schematics, floor plans, diagrams of the various consoles, and even costume design. Nothing about the show. Why would anyone be interested in schematics to a non-existent spaceship?
mIni-Like mIni-Like
The Alpha Control Reference Manual was at the time, the only authoratative book on the market about "Lost in Space" being perhaps the forerunner to Lost in Space Designs, No Place to Hide".

It certainly aided me in the building of my scratch-build Jupiter II sometime back in 1989, - along with Alpha Control Press's 25th Anniversay Tribute Book also of that time. The ACRM was perhaps the first ever publication whereby someone had sat down and accurately'mapped out' the designs of the Jupiter II's interior and exterior layout, producing the very first accurate & coherent plans of the famous spaceship. Considering when the book was published, it must've entailed endless hours of watching VHS video tapes - on pause!! While hurredly sketching, captivating and labrorously documenting designs both interior and exterior. To my mind, Alpha Control Press were the very first in bringing out a set of accurate blueprints of the Jupiter II, (sold separately as a set) at a time when none were otherwise available or were bad copies. Along with this book, I set about building my Jupiter II, as otherwise it would have been impossible or simply highly inaccurate in the end-result. Before the advent of DVD, it was almost impossible to follow accurately the arbitrary changes to design layout in the spaceship's interior - taken by writers and creators during the course of the series. The ACRM put an end to all that confusion, "rationalising the designs and layouts" once and for all into this manual.

The ACRM sets out meticulously all the interior wall sections, panels and control panels of both upper and lower decks, in black & white diagrammatical form, which model makers can/could feasibly work from, as I did. My only gripe would be that no colour information is given as colour was available at the time. Nonetheless, I have an original 1984 publication and a 4th [revised] edition of this valuable and indispensible TV document of one of TV's most famous spacecraft.
DART-SKRIMER DART-SKRIMER
LOST IN SPACE has always taken a back seat to and been constantly and unfairly compared to STAR TREK. STAR TREK has a huge following, many TV series sequals, movies, books, and numerous reference manuals for it's vehicles and technology.
LOST IN SPACE's sense of futuristic technology has always been considered at best, simplistic or at worst, downright non-existent. That was until this book came along. Bill Anchors and Gary Stork have done an amazing job of making the technology of the Lost In Space Universe actually sound feasible. In addition to describing the technology, they have also created a history of Alpha Control, the Jupiter series project, the United States' space colonization project, and how it all fits into real world history as well as the fictional world of Lost In Space. Written from the point of view of Earth-bound researchers, the saga of the Robinson expedition is gleaned primarily from the journals of mission leader John Robinson. These journals came into the hands of Alpha Control by way of an Earth Lightship that the Robinsons visited in a third season episode. John Robinson left his personal journals with the lightship keeper, with instructions to give the written history to Alpha Control officials, when he returned to Earth. So Anchor's and Stork's text and history is a combination of Robinson's journals and odd reports and stories concerning Earth-bound sighting, encounters, and radio communications with the Jupiter 2 and members of her crew between 1997 and 1980. Along with the broad history of this fictional timeline, are individual biographies of each member of the crew. Some elements of these biographies may include slight fabrication to help flesh out the character where specific details are not available, but for the most part Anchors and Stork have gleaned most of the character information from the original series Writer's Bible, and actual character dialogue. Comic villain, Dr. Zachery Smith's, has always been a bone of contention with fans and non-fans alike. Why did the Robinsons put up with him? Why didn't they just abandon him on some planet somewhere? And perhaps the biggest question is WHY did Smith start out as a scary, karate-chopping, robot re-programing, saboteur, bent on destroying the Robinson mission, and slowly become the silly comic baffoon that he ended up being. Well, believe it or not this book offers a remarkably believable explanation to Smith's personality change. If you want to know what it is...buy and read the book.

During the three years the show was on CBS, not a lot of attention was paid to continuity between episodes. Which all too often lead to some very serious errors and contradictions in continuity. However, Anchors and Stork have done an amazing job of trying to tie it all together into a cohesive timeline. Every episode, no matter how silly or ridiculous, has been taken into consideration and any important event depicted, has been pain-stakeingly woven into this history.

In addition to the great text, artist Phillip Lublin has created arguably THE best technical drawings of the Jupiter 2, the Chariot, Space Pod and the Robot, ever done. There have been a few different sets of Jupiter 2 blueprints made available over the years, and some were better than others, but Lublin clearly did his homework and has created perhaps the BEST version we are likely to ever see. In addition to the vehicles and the robot, Lublin has also depicted every structural element and cubical inside the Jupiter 2 as well as the often seen hand-held energy weapons. Also included are drawings by Gloria Anchors, of the crew uniforms from all three seasons.

This book clearly was a labor of love for everyone involved. And has been a bit of a legend in the small community of Lost In Space fans. The print runs of these books have always been small, and they almost always have sold out in a short time. This is the fourth edition, and previous editions can fetch $75.00 to $100.00 from collectors. So to have a new one available at a very reasonable price is something of which to take advantage. Sadly Lost In Space fandom is small, and not enough fans and non-fans alike will ever get a chance to see and appreciate this book for what it is, an impressive achievement. But for die hard fans it's a true gem, and if you have even a passing interest in the show itself or TV and Movie science fiction in general, you should get yourself a copy before it finds itself, yet again, out of print.
Nea Nea
Lot of blueprints, lot of thought and care went into this book. Think of it like Frank Josephs work on Star Trek manuals. Lost in Space deserved one and it was very well done. This was one of the first Lost in Space related items I got in the 1990's and I still go back to it for reference. By the fans for the fans, the way a book should be!