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The Planets: A Journey Through the Solar System Hardcover – 5 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905204779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905204779
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 2.3 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello, and thanks for visiting my page on Author Central. I'm a freelance writer and editor, specializing in astronomy and physics - though I've also worked on many other subjects, and as a general editor in illustrated reference publishing. Over the years I've written for everything from multi-volume encyclopedias to websites, multimedia CD-Roms (remember them?) and magazines.

Subjects I've written about include space technology, astronomy and physics, geology, palaeontology, climate, the history of science, archaeology, and architecture. I've also written at a variety of levels, from the 8-12 agegroup up to adult books.

As well as writing, I've worked as an editor, both in-house and out-of-house, for a variety of publishing houses since the mid-1990s. Some of these have been science-related, while others have simply involved my project-management and general editorial skills.

For the past few years, I've also been a partner, with m'colleague Tim Brown, in a book packaging and illustration business called Pikaia Imaging. We specialize in astronomical and scientific imagery, offering a combination of scientific nouse and visual flair in one place, and have also found ways of working computerized data processing into artworks such as star maps. For more on all this, see the Pikaia website.

When I'm not writing for the day job, I enjoy film, theatre and cult TV, travel, natural history, Forteana and writing for pleasure - and needless to say I'm working on a novel and a couple of screenplays in my spare time...

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Travelling outwards from the Sun, every planet is visited on a journey that takes us a full light year into space, to the very fringes of the Solar System. Includes 180 fully up-to-date and strikingly beautiful images. A captivating introduction to the wonders of our Solar System.

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Travel a light year into space and visit the outer reaches of our Solar System, where the Sun is no longer the brightest star in the sky. Illustrated with 180 spectacular images.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Socrates on 31 May 2007
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Great photography and a nice browser of our nearest neighbours. Possibly could have done with a little more information to go with the pics. Makes you want to know more about our solar system which a book such as the Dorling Kindesley "Universe" provides in abundance. The DK book would be my choice: great value for money with lots more photos and information. In fact Giles Sparrow contributed to this. Good as an engaging short pictorial guide but leaves you wanting more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank D on 30 Sept. 2013
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Compared to Sparrow's slightly earlier extravaganza 'Cosmos', this book is a pallid companion. There is nothing in this book (aside from a dozen or more added pictures - some of which are incorrectly pre-pressed) that wasn't covered in considerable, and substantially more spectacular detail in the former... (which naturally also includes the rest of the Universe for the price......)

One doubts that Sparrow spent more than 10 minutes on each six line caption - and not a few contain technical inexactitudes. One wonders how statements like 'Buzz Aldrin landed the LM on the Moon' can escape proper editing...., or that the photo shown was 'taken just before the Eagle touched down' ..... when it was taken after....?

Sparrow is an extremely competent and well informed writer, but the sloppiness of this production does him no credit.

Readers should also note that the latest reprint (2008) is 55% smaller than the original 2006 edition, virtually turning it into fieldguide-format (and presumably turning a better profit for the publisher?)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nazmi Kamal on 16 April 2009
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This book is astonishing. Although images take up most of page spaces inside, the little captions included and occasional texts provide very precise information and easy to understand. Better on, Images speak louder than words in this book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matt Verboom on 23 Nov. 2006
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This book is fully up to date, now that Pluto isn't a classed as a planet, with beautiful pictures and easy writing. I will be getting of this book out of the cupboard even if it just for looking at these amazing pictures.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LoriB on 4 Jan. 2010
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I agree with the person before that the photography is just brilliant. It could of done with more information with the Moons and stuff and more about the Atmosphere of the Planets and Moons and not just about what you can see on them. I wonder if they'll update it and publish another one when they'll reached gone beyond Pluto.
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By Rene on 1 Jan. 2013
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A very very competent book about the latest finding in our Solar System - and with really detailed descriptions of the planets and their moon - down to the smallest of the moon.

I very much enjoyed the read and the many, many fantastic photographs.

Rene, Copenhagen
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