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It's a Question of Space

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As a kid, I was obsessed with the idea of going into space.  I would have *loved* to have had this book available to me then, as it has answers to a ton of the questions I had and managed not to just sound like a textbook!
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Space had always been interesting to me. I do not know what it is, but I have always wanted to go to space. While I am realistic as to how likely I am going to be able to go there, it does not stop me from dreaming that I can. Books like this give me a look as to what it could be like.

Done in a Q&A format, Anderson answers all the questions that you would ask an astronaut, and some that you may not. I found it interesting how he looks back on being an astronaut and his path to becoming one. He makes it seem possible for anyone who works hard enough to become an astronaut!

If you want to find out what being an astronaut is like, then give this book a go. Chances are that you will enjoy it.
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Love this book. What a great way to get people to be interested in astrophysics. As someone who once considered being an astrophysicist I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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It's a Question of Space is a fascinating look at the life of an astronaut. It is presented in the form of questions to Clayton Anderson, and his responses. They were at times funny and poignant. Overall, I felt that this wasn't the type of style I enjoy. I prefer a more direct memoir type book is more enjoyable for me to read. That said, it was easy to read, and I learned a lot about the lives of astronauts involved in NASA.
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I love books written by astronauts, but had never read Anderson's previous works. This book was such a treat that I bought it and two other books by him. In it's a Question of Space Anderson provides witty answers to questions posted on Quora. The Q&A format of the book makes it accessible and a great book to pick up and read when one is pressed for time.
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It's a Question of Space is an astronaut, Clayton C. Anderson, who lived in space for 167 days answering questions sent to him via social media about what it's like to be in space and be an astronaut. Growing up I always wanted to be an astronaut so I was drawn to this book to find out what it would really be like.  There's also a fun mention of Lance Bass in the book, so that is always a plus.

This was a very interesting read and I liked it as a Q&A moreso than just a book to read through since if I wasn't particularly interested in a question (though I will admit there weren't many of those) I could just skip over it to the next question.  I learned a lot and really enjoyed this book!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated. This book was released July 1, 2018 from University of Nebraska Press.
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When I was younger, around 11-12 years old, I was obsessed with the moon landing. I have always loved learning about space, thanks in part to my 1st grade teacher who would send students in turn home with a moon journal to keep track of the moon and it's phases. In 3rd grade I had to give a presentation on a historical figure and dress up as them, and I chose Neil Armstrong. When I was 11 and home-schooled by then, I had to give a report on Neil Armstrong's life. I read the book First Man (which was just turned into a movie in 2018) My love of learning about the galaxy has only grown since then, which is why I wanted to request an early copy of this book. It is something I would have loved to have owned about 8 years ago, and it is a very good book for inquiring young minds.
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I included this title in a feature on my blog and will provide the link and feedback directly to the publisher in the next phase of this process.
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A collection of Clayton C. Anderson's answer to his reddit questions, It's a Question of Space is a quick read. His answers range from short and to the point to very detailed. The quality of the answer is dependent on the quality of the question. Many of the questions are general in nature so the answer could have come from anyone with any type of knowledge of space. The book really shines when the question and thus the answer speaks to Anderson's experiences and expertise. Not every question from the time period covered by the book needed to be included. This book would have been more interesting if it focused on Anderson's expertise. If readers want to learn more about Anderson they are better off reading his autobiography, The Ordinary Spaceman.
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SPACE! Everyone loves space, and like most of our oceans, we know so little about it. It fascinates us all. I love space and reading little answers from people who have actually been there is great!
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I was really looking forward to this book as I devour everything I can get my hands on with regards to space and space travel. Clayton does offer some great insight, and answers some really interesting questions, but unfortunately this book as a whole just didn’t do it for me. Many of the questions he answers are done multiple times throughout the book, the question was just asked in a slightly different way. So, it got a little boring to read the same things over and over again. I also found it hard to focus as I was expecting a little more detail and information on the questions he answers. Most of them are so high-level that once I start getting interested in what he’s talking about, he’s done and moving on to the next question.

I’m sure his actual autobiography would be better, but he makes reference to it so often throughout this book I find myself not wanting to read it all just out of principal because it felt like it was getting shoved in my face. 

I think this could’ve done with a little more editing and organization to make it a more compelling Q&A read, but I do think it could be a great book for younger readers who have a very small window of understanding into these concepts and just want a high-level explanation of many things, instead of more in-depth explanations of a few things.

I received a copy of this story via Netgalley, and have provided a review of my own accord.
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This was a interesting read. It's a Question of Space provides the reader with an unique perspective. In fact, this perspective of an astronaut that has traveled to space is quite rare. In spite of his lofty career accomplishments, Mr. Anderson does a great job of answering tons of questions about space in a down to earth fashion that is engaging for kids and adults alike. He provides frank insight on what it's like to be a NASA astronaut, both good and bad. I appreciated his encouragement of good priorities being modeled as he mentioned God, family, and career amidst his positive outlook. I also liked that he discussed challenges he's experienced during his career and how he overcame them. The content is informative and fascinating. I originally got this book for my kids to read, but enjoyed reading it myself and learned a good bit about life on the space station. 

I received an advance reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.
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As someone who is not only a long-term space nerd but also someone working in the space industry, I love getting my hands on new books about space experiences,  Unfortunately, this one really fell flat for me.  First up, its definitely written for a younger age-group and I think should be marketed for middle school kids.  Second, Anderson mentions that a lot of the book is a compliation of answers he wrote on Quora and it really shows.  I'm not sure how many times he needed to repeat himself about how many days he was in space - that might have made sense for answers that were seperate but once they are put together, it just becomes repetitive and off-putting.  Lastly, I was disappointed that his answers were extremely self-centered; I would have really enjoyed getting perspectives that felt a little more neutral than just a one person experience answer.  All-in-all, I might suggest a young future astronaut read this in small doses (certainly NOT cover to cover!) for fun and easy to read info about the astronaut experience, but I wouldn't recommend it to any adults.
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I love reading about space and hearing about the experiences of those fortunate enough to have explored it, which is why I was really looking forward to reading this book. I was not sure what to expect as I don't generally read a lot of biographies or non-fiction, so I approached it with a bit of trepidation. The book is styled in a Q&A format and is basically a set of questions asked by users on Quora about space that Anderson has answered. It is also divided into chapters as the questions chosen fit a common theme. The answers were an interesting mix of informative and just plain witty. I liked that there were photos included in the answers wherever possible. 

However, I feel like the answers could have been edited rather than taken word for word from Quora. The author has also written a memoir previously and there are way too many references to it, urging the reader to buy the book. It broke the flow of reading for me as it's a "call to action", so I think limiting the number of times it was used would have made for a better reading experience. The ARC I read was very poorly formatted, which is why I found it very hard to get into and took a really long time to finish the book. This is why I'd initially rated it 3 stars but based on the content, I bumped it up to 4 stars.

Favourite answers:
1. What do the people at the U.S., European, and Russian space agencies think about the success of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, particularly in the light of the extremely low cost of the mission (less than one-tenth of a similar NASA mission) and the frugal innovations that made it possible?
2. Can you drink hot drinks in space like coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
3. How does it feel when you celebrate someone's birthday in space? Has anyone celebrated their birthday in space?

Overall, I would recommend this book if you have burning questions on what it's like to work on the International Space Station and be a part of NASA that need to be answered. It's a short and quick read, easy for those who are light readers to pick up as well.
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IT'S A QUESTION OF SPACE by Clayton C. Anderson is going to appeal to quite a few students as we have seen an increasing interest in space exploration during the past few years. The author, also known as "Astro Clay," is a retired astronaut who has used social media and the internet, especially Quora, to answer questions and share his knowledge about space travel. Now, by working with the University of Nebraska Press, he has compiled this collection "in one single place, [where he explains that] you may find insight – if not always straight and technical answers – to the questions proffered ... by individuals from around the world."

Anderson's experiences are varied, including six space walks and space shuttle flights with Atlantis, Endeavor, and Discovery; the International Space Station; and the Russian Soyuz tma-10 capsule. His writing is amusing and entertaining, practical, and enthusiastic while the questions he has chosen are certainly wide ranging.  Here are just a few examples:

What does it feel like to be inside a space suit?
Could an astronaut play football in space?
How do astronauts sleep while in space?
How do I become an astronaut?
What consumer products are actually used by astronauts in space?

IT'S A QUESTION OF SPACE is a great book to open and page through randomly.  We will have our copy on display once school resumes. Enjoy!
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I got this book from NetGallery hoping to learn a lot about space and astronauts, as it's a topic I know almost nothing of., however, this book fell short. I was quite disappointed. There was so much room for exploring the questions, instead, the author kept referring to another book he had written or just took snippets from the book and presented them here. I wish he had spoken more actually and had been more present with his answers.
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This book has a fantastic premise: an astronaut answering your burning questions about what it is like to be in space, and is an accessible book for younger readers.  I would highly recommend this as an accompaniment to an elementary or middle school space unit because the questions that are posed come from user posed questions from the site Quora that were answered by Astronaut Anderson over a period of approximately 3 years and are compiled into the book and sorted into chapters based around a specific cluster of ideas (i.e. daily life, training, missions, etc.).

In my personal opinion, the information in the book is fantastic and extremely approachable.  There is no special knowledge that is required going into the book and any interest in the subject is rewarded by personal anecdotes.  On the other hand, if you have read extensively on space and manned missions, this book does not offer any exciting new revelations or anything that is particularly out of the ordinary.
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A quick and easy, but also entertaining read on different aspects of space and life as an astronaut. There were a few questions in here that I'd wanted to know the answers to, and a few I would have never thought to ask. Most of the answers are informative without being too technical and difficult to understand. A great starter book for anyone wanting to understand the basics of life on the ISS.
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I’m going to admit I had no idea who Clayton Anderson was when I requested this book, but it sounded interesting, and interesting it turned to be, indeed. There were plenty of little things I never suspected regarding life on the ISS, and in space in general, and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot. Which I’m sure is absolutely not going to be useful if I write a sci-fi story someday. Never.

It’s a fast read, in Q&A format, which is ideal when, like me, you read a lot during breaks at work, or while commuting. No long chapters that make it difficult to stop (almost) any time. These cover a lot of various things, from how the human body reacts in space to the kind of operations astronauts have to be trained in, from the former space shuttle program to little things like ‘how to you wash yourself in micro-gravity’.

While I felt that Anderson might have misinterpreted a couple of questions (I’m thinking more specifically about the one regarding ‘what do you think of people who say the moon landing is a conspiracy’), overall his answers were simple and often full of humour. The man doesn’t hesitate to make fun of himself, and admits when he goofed on the station. He doesn’t always get into details, and he doesn’t hide it when he doesn’t know something, so perhaps some of the answers were a little lackluster; still, in general, this was fairly informative for me.

Conclusion: 3.5 stars. And I wouldn’t mind reading his other book, for sure.
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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions are my own.

It's a Question of Space is a fun and easy read that will answer all those everyday questions that you might have about living in space. Clayton C. Anderson answers in a laid-back and very approachable way - to questions people have asked him over time. Some questions were rather weird and left me wondering who is asking this stuff - others answered things that I wanted to know myself. Very entertaining read.
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