Included here are notices of books not yet published and projects underway.

Last updated: 3 August 2016.

Accessed at least many times since 30 July 2007.

Baughman, T.H. Focusing on Antarctica between 1922 and 1941
Blackadder, Jesse. Chasing the Light; a Novel of Antarctica
Brannigan, David. Biography of T.W. Edgeworth David
Bullock, Mike. A biography of Sir Raymond Priestley
Clough, Brenda A. May be Some Time
Fitzsimons, Peter. An heroic age book
Haddelsey, Stephen. An Operation Tabarin title
Rossiter, Heather. Mawson's Forgotten Men, The 1911-1913 Antarctic Diary of Charles Turnbull Harrisson
Savours, Ann. Sir Clements Markham book and article
Sienicki, Krzysztof. Captain Scott: Icy Deceits and Untold Realities
Stephenson, Robert. A Northern Party newspaper
Taaffe, Seamus. On Stackhouse
Tarver, Mike. On Atkinson
van Glintenkamp, Rik. A coffee table book on his Antarctic collages

CAPTAIN SCOTT: ICY DECEITS AND UNTOLD REALITIES To be published by Open Academic Press, September 24, 2016. 808 pages, 8vo (18×28)cm., 164 figures, 1417 references, 10 maps and 39 tables. ISBN 978-83-944520-0-1.

What appears below was sent to me by the publisher.

"Historical descriptions attempting to find a reason for Captain Scott and his companions deaths were despite eloquence of presentation unable to find the actual cause of the disaster. While presenting Captain Scott's journey to the South Pole, the authors entirely neglected (ignored) fundamental (basic) issues of its logistics. In my book I am delivering my verdict from digitizing the logistics of the South Pole journey and the weather conditions reported by Captain Scott and the shore party at Cape Evans. Based on that and subsequent analysis an entirely new insight has emerged on all aspects of the journey and ultimate deaths of Captain Scott's party. This insight vitally challenges all previous scholarly work on the fate of Captain Scott's party.

By digitizing Captain Scott's journey to the South Pole the author showed that all previously assumed causes of the disaster were insignificant as compared to the psychological collapse of the expedition due to losing the race to Captain Amundsen's team.

This expertly written book is nothing less than a daring challenge to the prevailing views of Captain Robert F. Scott's journey to the South Pole and consequent disaster. Borrowing from various scientific disciplines, Krzysztof Sienicki lucidly argues against each of the presumed causes of Captain Scott and his companions' deaths. In particular, he demolishes the notions of extreme low temperatures, ferocious winds, and food/fuel shortages as the main causes of the disaster. Using neural network computer simulations he proves that the Super-extreme Cold Snap, Never Ending Gale, and food/fuel scarcity never occurred. By eliminating the alleged causes of the disaster the author provides data and arguments that the deaths (Scott, Wilson, and Bowers) were a matter of choice rather than fate. The choice was made long be- fore there was an actual end of food/fuel and long before the end of the physical strength needed to reach delusive salvation at One Ton Depôt."

List of Figures
List of Tables and Schemes
List of Art Works and Illustrations
List of Maps Author's Note Acknowledgements


1. General Introduction to the Earth Air Circulation
     1.1 Early Development of Atmospheric Circulation Knowledge      1.2 Importance of Polar Meteorology
     1.3 Meteorology of the Ross Ice Shelf and the McMurdo Sound
     1.4 Self-organized Criticality Wind Regime over the Antarctica
     1.5 Meteorological Games – False Charges Against Lt Charles W. R. Royds
     1.6 Synopsis
2. Analysis of the Weather Account During the Terra Nova Expedition
     2.1 Captain Scott Journals
     2.2 Leonard Huxley Adjustment of First Edition of Captain Scott Journals
     2.3 Expedition Member's Accounts and Descriptions
     2.4 Synopsis
3 Dr George C. Simpson's – Weather and Climate Tantamount
     3.1 Weather vs. Climate
          3.1.1 Daily and Annual Variation of Temperature
          3.1.2 Ubiquitous Friction
     3.2 How Cold Can it Get on the Barrier?
     3.3 MCMXII
     3.4 The Never Ending Gale or Blizzard
     3.5 Synopsis
4 Dr Solomon's Fabrication of Meteorological Data, Fallacious Analysis, and Temperature Mania
     4.1 Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
          4.1.1 Temperature – The Coldest March of 1912
          4.1.2 Wind Data Dragging
     4.2 The Coldest March – Something out of Nothing
          4.2.1 Dr Solomon – Weather and Climate Tantamount
          4.2.2 Dr Solomon's Fabrication of Meteorological Data
          4.2.3 Dr Solomon Nullifies Captain Scott's Responsibility
          4.2.4 Dr Solomon Lack of Scientific Methods of Analysis
     4.3 Dr Solomon's Hoax Epiphany – Something out of Nothing
     4.4 Biased Perception of Captain Scott as a Scientist
     4.5 Temperature Mania
     4.6 Dr Solomon at the Royal Society – Note Added in Proof
     4.7 Synopsis
5 Historical Scrutiny of Meteorological Record of Terra Nova Expedition
     5.1 Huntford's The Last Place on Earth
     5.2 Sir Fiennes Faithful Enthusiasm
     5.3 Barczewski, Jones, and Crane
     5.4 Synopsis
6 Meteorological Data and Weather Forecasting
     6.1 Sources of Meteorological Data
          6.1.1 The Ross Island Historical Weather Stations
          6.1.2 Sledging Parties' Weather Records
          6.1.3 The Ross Island Modern Weather Data
          6.1.4 The Ross Ice Shelf Automated Weather Stations
     6.2 Time
     6.3 Historical Meteorological Tools and Measurement Methods
          6.3.1 Temperature
          6.3.2 Wind Velocity and Direction
     6.4 Modern Meteorological Tools and Measurement Methods
     6.5 Historical and Modern Data Acquisition
     6.6 Weather Forecasting
          6.6.1 God and the Arrogant Humans
          6.6.2 Nansen's Connection
          6.6.3 Artificial Neural Network
          6.6.4 The Back-propagation ANN Algorithm
     6.7 Synopsis
7 February 27th through March 27th, 1912 – Extreme Cold Snap?
     7.1 Extreme Cold Snap Hypotheses
     7.2 Orography-driven Weather at the Ross Ice Shelf
     7.3 Artificial Neural Network Development and Testing
     7.4 The Extreme Cold Snap
          7.4.1 Captain Scott Temperature Record Retrodiction
          7.4.2 Inaccuracy of Retrodiction Method
          7.4.3 Location Differences
      Schwerdtfeger vs. Elaine Temperature Gradient
      McMurdo vs. Cape Evans Temperature Gradient
          7.4.4 Thermometers Malfunction
          7.4.5 Global Warming
          7.4.6 El Niño Teleconnection
     7.5 Captain Scott Temperature Data Fabrication
     7.6 Particulars of Temperature Data Differences
     7.7 Synopsis
8 March 21st through 29th, 1912 – Never Ending Gale?
     8.1 Nature of Near Surface Winds in Antarctica
     8.2 The Never Ending Gale
     8.3 Synopsis
     8.4 Appendix to Chapter 8 – Scaling Parameters of Wind in Antarctica
9 Food, Fuel and Depôts – An Antarctica Menu
     9.1 The 144-Days Plan and Inward Journey
     9.2 Outward Journey
     9.3 Captain Scott's Food Supply and Glossopteris Indica
     9.4 Food Shortages on the Barrier
     9.5 Lt Shackleton's Shadow
     9.6 Synopsis
     9.7 Appendix to Sub-section 9.3
10 1912 – Insidious and Tacit Mutiny in Antarctica
     10.1 Dr George C. Simpson
     10.2 Cecil H. Meares
     10.3 Dr Edward L. Atkinson
     10.4 Apsley Cherry–Garrard and Dr Atkinson
     10.5 Historical Scrutiny
          10.5.1 Huntford's Blunder
          10.5.2 Thoughtless History Re-writing
     10.6 The 11 Miles
          10.6.1 The Myth
          10.6.2 Tacit Cover-up: How 22 Became 11
     10.7 Synopsis
     10.8 Appendix to Chapter
          10 10.8.1 IV. – Instructions for Dog Teams
          10.8.2 II. – Instructions to Dr G. C. Simpson
11 Captain Robert F. Scott: An Apology
     11.1 The Causes of the Disaster – Rebuttal
          11.1.1 The Loss of Ponies in March 1911
          11.1.2 (79°281⁄2'S, 170°E)
          11.1.3 Complexity of Transportation Methods
          11.1.4 Misuse of the Dog Team
          11.1.5 Navigation and Navigation Methods
          11.1.6 Gale at 83°S
          11.1.7 Soft Snow at Beardmore Glacier
          11.1.8 The Fifth Man
          11.1.9 Fuel Leakage
          11.1.10 Food Shortages on the Barrier
          11.1.11 Collecting and Hauling Geological Specimens
          11.1.12 Vitamin Deficiency
          11.1.13 Neglecting the Sick
          11.1.14 Route Marking and Depôt
          11.1.15 Laying Summary
     11.2 The Two Black Flags Axiology
     11.3 Surprise which did not Await Captain Scott on the Barrier
          11.3.1 No Food Shortage
          11.3.2 No Fuel Shortage
          11.3.3 No Extreme Cold Snap
               11.3.4 No Never Ending Gale
               11.3.5 Captain Scott Meteorological Data Fabrications
          11.3.6 Post-historians Weather Data Fabrications
     11.4 Synopsis
12 Etiology of Captain Robert F. Scott Death
     12.1 Captain Scott Deus ex Machina
          12.1.1 Utilitarianism Crucible
          12.1.2 Tenable Scientific Tilt
     12.2 Captain Scott "Message to the Public": Submission to Nature, Nation, and Deity?
     12.3 Resurrection of Captain Scott's Deus ex Machina
     12.4 Denouement - I Have a Tale to Tell
          12.4.1 Scientific and Circumstantial Evidence of Altruistic Suicide
          12.4.2 Was Captain Scott a Scientist?
     12.5 Synopsis
          12.6 Appendix to Chapter 12 and Sub-section 12.2.1
          12.7 Appendix to Chapter 12 and Sub-section 12.3
13 Synopsis – Never Again
14 Appendixes
     14.1 Appendix 1 – Geographical Locations
     14.2 Appendix 2 – Errors and Fallacies in Drs Solomon and Stearns Paper On the Role of the Weather in the Deaths of R. F. Scott and his Companions
     14.3 Appendix 3 – Data Dragging and Fabrication in Dr Solomon's Book The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition
     14.4 Appendix 4 – The Whistleblower
Notes and References

I don't know what to think of this. Will just have to wait to see the finished product. 800+ pages is lot to devote to the subject!
—R. Stephenson
(7 June 2016)

Edited and prepared and with an introduction by Robert Stephenson.
"I've been working for over three years now on what at the outset seemed like a simple project: edit, prepare and publish a facsimile of a typed newsletter produced during Scott's Northern Party's stay at Cape Adare. Edited and typed by Raymond Priestley, this enterprise only produced one issue, the total press (or type) run being six copies—on for each member of the party—of which only one is known to exist. That lone copy is at SPRI which will join me as the co-publsher. The facsimile will be accompanied by a transcription to make reading the collection of stories, poetry, doggerel, etc., easier to read. Several images by Levick are likely to be included as well as a sketch or two by Priestley and a map. A forward by a prominent polar person will be included. The plan is to limit the publication to 100 quality produced hardbound copies. Subscribers will be solicited with pre-ordered copies probably being priced at £100. Expected publication date: sometime in 2016. Some more information on the original may be found at
—R. Stephenson
(18 January 2015)


Stephen Haddelsey and Andrew Taylor
Stephen e-mails to say that:
"I'm now editing and introducing "Two Years Below the Horn: A Personal Memoir of Operation Tabarin" by Andrew Taylor. Written in 1947, it's never previously been published. It's an essential source for Tabarin and will be published by The Erskine Press early in 2015."
(15 December 2014)


Mike Bullock
Mike writes to say that:
"The final draft of my biography of Sir Raymond Priestley is due to be delivered to my publishers (McFarland of North Carolina) by the end of September 2015."
(27 August 2014)


Mike Tarver
Mike writes to say that: "At present, I am well advanced on a biography of Surgeon Captain Edward Leicester Atkinson (1881-1929) DSO AM MRCS LRCP RN. "ANTARCTIC EXPLORER & WAR HERO—The man who found Captain Scott." I hope to have the book published early in 2015…
(23 July 2014)


Seamus Taaffe e-mails to say that he is "conducting research into J. Foster Stackhouse's 1914 British Antarctic Expedition with a view to publishing my research in 2015 to mark the centenary of Stackhouse's death on the Lusitania. Not sure where or how it will be published but I will let you know in due course."

Stackhouse planned to lead an expedition to explore King Edward VII Land and Graham Land. He went down on the Lusitania while returning from raising funds in the U.S. The expedition, therefore, never happened.
(3 April 2013)


Jesse Blackadder's novel is about to be published by HarperCollins Australia (Fourth Estate). Trade paperback; also e-book. On sale 1 February 2013. 432pp. AUD$29.99.
"It's the early 1930s. Antarctic open-sea whaling is booming and a territorial race for the mysterious continent between Norwegian and British-Australian interests is in full swing. This was the era when Antarctica was closed to women, in spite of hundreds applying to expeditions (including those of Scott, Mawson and Shackleton).
Determined to learn more about the first women to reach Antarctica, Jesse Blackadder travelled to Norway where she made the exciting discovery that the first woman to reach the Antarctica Peninsula was not an explorer but Ingrid Christensen, a 38-year-old mother who left her six children behind and travelled there on a whaling boat four times in the 1930s with her husband, taking a female friend or two on each trip.
With this intriguing fact as inspiration, Jesse tells the story of a sea voyage from Cape Town by the Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen and three women: Lillemor Rachlew, who tricked her way onto the ship and will stop at nothing to be the first woman to land on Antarctica; Mathilde Wegger, a grieving widow who's been forced to join the trip by her calculating parents-in-law; and Lars's wife, Ingrid Christensen, who has longed to travel to Antarctica since she was a girl and has made a daunting bargain with Lars to convince him to take her."
—From her website

She has another title due in July: "Stay: The Last Dog in Antarctica." ABC Books (first book of the Amazing Animals Series).
(18 January 2013)


David Harrowfield e-mails from New Zealand that "Oamaru with 13,000 residents, is on our east coast. From here the news of the death of Captain R.F. Scott RN and his party, was sent off via Christchurch to London in February 1913.
At present we are planning major events in Oamaru to mark this significant occasion in polar history and expect people from beyond New Zealand to attend. I have a new book on Oamaru and Antarctica almost completed and an limited/numbered edition will be released at the time." [NOTE: Since published.]
(5 March 2012)

"I am awaiting word from my publisher on the mountaineering book due out next year (has reference to climbing in Antarctica); and in the meantime, have got into research for a book on NZ's Antarctic science and also completing my draft for a paper in 'Polar Record'.
(30 November 2011)

ANTARCTICA 1922-1941.

T.H. Baughman e-mails to say:

"I wanted to call to your attention and have you post on the works-in-progress page, that I am at work on a book that will describe Antarctica, 1922-1941. I failed to register a previous project and after two years of research discovered that someone else had completed her manuscript, so I am hoping to avoid that problem this time around."
(13 August 2008)


Brenda W. Clough has written a science fiction novel revolving around Captain Oates. It is set in the year 2045, and also deals with time travel, contacting extraterrestrial intelligence, and faster-than-light spaceships.
While the novel awaits publication, the first section of it will appear in Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, in the April 2001 issue (Vol CXXI, No 4). The magazine's website is
About the Author: Brenda W. Clough has been writing science fiction and fantasy for twenty years. She is the author of seven novels and many short stories and articles. A full bibliography is up on her web page, at Her most recent novel, DOORS OF DEATH AND LIFE, came out in May 2000.
(4 December 2000)

UPDATE: The April issue of 'Analog' is now out. Not the easiest thing to find; took two trips to Harvard Square! Pp 12-41 out of 144 pages. This is what Brenda had to say recently: "The magazine has printed the novella [MAY BE SOME TIME], which is about 20,000 words and comprises the front end of the full novel. The web page [] has only an excerpt of the novella, looks like the first couple thousand words. The magazine is a print publication and ought to be available now at newsstands, in big bookstores, etc. So on the web page you really are getting a very tiny sample indeed. The novel itself is far far longer (at this point I'd estimate 150,000 words) and will not be published until 2002 or 2003."
—R. Stephenson
(15 March 2001)

UPDATE: Brenda recently reported that she's done another novella about Titus which should be appearing in the July-August 2002 issue of ANALOG.
Also, her first one "...has made the final ballot for the Nebula Award, which is given by the Science Fiction Writers of America. As a result, the complete novella is up on the Analog web site —" Congratulations!
—R. Stephenson
(10 March 2002)

UPDATE: Have a look at Brenda's very useful bibliography at
—R. Stephenson
(6 March 2003)

From a recent e-mail from Rik van Glintenkamp: "Echoes in the Ice has now reached 75 collages. A portion of them will be published in the fall . . . Publication will be sometime in September. It will be a coffee table size book." [Rik has done many interesting collages highlighting Antarctic explorers. They've been displayed at various venues in recent years. See for a description of his show at Ohio State back in October 2000.]
—R. Stephenson
(15 June 2003)

UPDATE: I recently received a copy from Rik; a very nice production. Am now waiting to learn of its general availability.
—R. Stephenson
(28 January 2004)

David Brannigan in Australia is reported to be writing a biography of T.W. Edgeworth David, Professor of Geology at the University of Sydney and member of Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition of 1907-09 on which he led the three-man party that first reached the South Magnetic Pole and led the first ascent of Mt. Erebus.
(February 2002)

Ann Savours reports that she has done a biographical piece on Sir Clements Markham which will be published by 'History Today'.

UPDATE: The article appeared in the March 2001 issue (Vol 51 [3]; pp 44-51), entitled 'From Greenland's Icy Mountains.' Ann has been working on a book-length biography of Markham.

UPDATE: Ann spoke on Markham at the 4 November 2005 James Caird Society members' evening. Her book on Markham is complete but, oddly enough, no publisher is in the wings. Markham being the key figure in the launch of the 'Heroic Age' one would think this would be a very publishable biography, particularly given the credentials of the author.
—R. Stephenson
(29 November 2005)

A new biography of Richard Byrd is underway for Simon & Schuster.
UPDATE: No longer on S&S's upcoming list so on-hold indefinitely
(29 November 2005).