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Gannon University Director Author’s Book Selected for Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List

Chris DubbsPosted: May 17, 2013

Like a lot of children growing up at the dawn of the Space Age, Chris Dubbs wanted to become an astronaut. Dubbs hasn't made it into space-not yet, at least-but he has made it onto the Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List for 2013.

Dubbs, Gannon University's director of grants, academic affairs, is the co-author, with Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, of Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight, which chronicles the pioneers of commercial spaceflight-both American and Soviet/Russian-and their efforts to open the final frontier to everyone.

Realizing Tomorrow traces the lives of the individuals who shared the dream that private individuals and private enterprise belong in space and offers an instructive, entertaining, and cautionary note about the future of private space travel.

The book, his sixth, describes the arc of a writing career that began when Dubbs was an M.F.A. writing student at the University of Oregon. His first published work was a how-to book about smoked food ("It's still in print, and I've probably made more on that than on any other book I've ever done," he said), but Dubbs soon turned to space, writing a children's book, Space Dogs: Pioneers of Space Travel. A non-fiction book, Animals in Space, followed, leading to the current volume.

Dubbs next book, USS U-boat: When German Submarines Served in the U.S. Navy, tells the fascinating story of the six German submarines that were surrendered after World War I that toured the U.S. to sell Victory Bonds to support the war effort. "They visited every coastal city in the U.S., including Erie," Dubbs said. "The Navy also dissected them to reverse- engineer America's next gen of subs." The University of Nebraska Press will publish the book next spring.

The Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force (CSAF) Professional Reading Program was created in 1996 by General Ronald Fogleman to develop a common frame of reference among Air Force officers, enlisted, and civilian employees to become better, more effective advocates of air and space power.

Dubbs hasn't given up on visiting space. "The lure of space is certainly there. Of course now, you can buy your way there, $200,000 for a spot from a company on a suborbital flight."

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