It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of my latest book _1950s 'Rocketman' TV Series and Their Fans: Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men_ (Palgrave-MacMillan), co-edited with A. Bowdoin Van Riper.

The volume contains essays by Jay Telotte, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Henry Jenkins, Howard McCurdy, John C. Tibbetts, Roy Kinnard, S. Mark Young, Larry Samuel, Jean-Noel Bassior, Patrick Lucanio, and others, exploring the relationship between TV "rocketmen" -- Flash Gordon, Tom Corbett, Captain Video, Buzz Corry, and others -- and the real-world space program, "space fever" in America, girls as fans and future astronauts, fan clubs, mentoring American boys, space toys, etc..

"ROCKETMEN is a loving, bold exploration of a nearly forgotten period of Americana.  Accurate, scholarly, and full of insight -- and great fun to read!  
        -- Greg Bear, winner of Nebula Awards for _Darwin's Radio_ and _Moving Mars_, and author of the Hugo Award-winning "Blood Music."

“Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper have assembled a sterling set of essays on science fiction television of the 1950s and the rise of the "rocketman" ideal that remains critical to American popular culture. From "Captain Video" to "Commando Cody," from "Space Patrol" to "Space Rangers," this collection of essays, written by a who's who of scholars investigating this topic, analyze themes of Cold War, conquest, and consumerism in relation to space enthusiasm.”
        --  Roger Launius, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum

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