1 February 2016
Quest: A Changing of
the Guard; New Editor Selected
It is my pleasure to
announce that Dr. Christopher Gainor will be taking over as editor of Quest beginning with the
Volume 23#2 issue. Many of you are very familiar with Chris as he has served as
International Programs Editor for a number of years and has been very active in
the space history community. He is a PhD historian, author of several books,
and, among other projects, is working on the official NASA history of the Hubble
Dr. David Christopher
Arnold, who served as Quest's editor for the
past decade, will serve as editor emeritus. During his tenure as editor, Dr.
Arnold oversaw the publication of 40+ issues representing more than 2500 pages
and 200 research papers; a time in which the reputation of Quest among academics and
history professionals increased substantially, the publication of several
award-winning papers, and being chosen for the AAS Ordway Award for Sustained
Excellence in Spaceflight History.
About Dr. Christopher
Christopher Gainor’s interest in
space exploration began when he was a young boy during the Mercury program in
the early 1960s. After earning his bachelor’s degree in history at the
University of British Columbia, he worked for several years as a newspaper
reporter, writer and communicator in various parts of Canada. In 1992, he became
one of the first paying tourists to visit Russian space installations, including
Baikonur, and later in that decade he began writing about the history of space
exploration. Gainor’s first article in Quest appeared in the
Summer 1998 issue, and he has written a number of articles and reviews since
then in Quest
and other publications, including Technology and Culture and
has been International Programs Editor of Quest since
Gainor has four
published books: Arrows to
the Moon: Avro’s Engineers and the Space Race (Apogee Books, 2001),
which tells the story of the Canadian and British engineers who helped NASA
reach the moon after a Canadian military jet program was cancelled; Canada in Space: The People &
Stories Behind Canada’s Role in the Exploration of Space (Folklore
Publishing, 2006); Who
Killed the Avro Arrow? (Folklore Publishing, 2007); and To A Distant Day: The Rocket
Pioneers (University of Nebraska Press, 2008). He is preparing for
publication a book on how the U.S. Air Force reached its decision in 1954 to
build the United States’ first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, the Atlas.
He holds a Master of
Science degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D.
in the History of Technology from the University of Alberta, and has worked as a
history instructor in Canadian universities. Today he writing a history of
Hubble Space Telescope operations under a contract between NASA and Foresight
Science and Technology, Inc. Gainor resides with his wife in Victoria, B.C.,
Canada, and is active in several historical and space organizations. He is First
Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a Fellow of the
British Interplanetary Society.
Published since 1992,
Quest: The History of
Spaceflight Quarterly is the only peer-reviewed journal exclusively
focused on space history. It exists to capture
stories related to the people, projects, and programs that have been part of the
past 60+ years of the civil, military, commercial, and international space
activities. Each issue contains articles written by professional and amateur
historians or people who've worked in the industry, alongside interviews with
key figures and visionaries. Enhanced with rare photos and images, Quest is
designed to entice the most casual reader while retaining a level of quality
essential for scholarly research. Visit www.spacehistory101.com
for more information and a complete bibliography.
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