Included here are notices of books not yet published and projects underway.
Last updated: 30 December 2018.Accessed at least times since 30 July 2007.
Baughman, T.H. Focusing on Antarctica between 1922 and 1941
Blackadder, Jesse. Chasing the Light; a Novel of Antarctica
Blum, Hester. The News at the Ends of the Earth: The Print Culture of Polar Exploration
Brannigan, David. Biography of T.W. Edgeworth David
Clough, Brenda A. May be Some Time
de Boos, Cris. Some future titles
Freemantle, James. Shackleton & an Albion Press: the story of the first book printed in the Antarctic
Harrowfield, David. Oamaru and The Antarctic plus two in the Pipeline
Savours, Ann. Sir Clements Markham book and article
Stephenson, Robert. A Northern Party newspaper
Strathie, Anne. On Ponting
Taaffe, Seamus. On Stackhouse
van Glintenkamp, Rik. A coffee table book on his Antarctic collages
Webster, Don. On Scott Base
Don Webster e-mails to say: "I have finished a book on my experiences in the Antarctic. Scott Base Antarctic The Early Years.
A science technician's view of the years 1960 and 63, including the Base's growth from its construction, and through the two major extensions.
Synopsis: This book about the early years of Scott Base, New Zealand’s first Antarctic base of its building in the summer of 1957-58, and its two major expansions in 1960 and 1963.
Don Webster was there during the two summer expansions and the following winters. He writes about the growth of the base over the first six years describing the changes and additions. This book tracks the base from its original 10 huts covering 5,378 square feet to 15 buildings covering 15,477 square feet.
Don describes his time in the Antarctic of 50 years ago, of arriving by sea in a wooden diesel-electric ship, a ship with two sails, and flying home in the first C-130 Hercules aircraft to reach the Antarctic."
Don goes on to say that he was originally going to self-publish the book but now it will be issued by a a New Zealand publisher and be available hopefully in March 2019.
(21 December 2018)
BOOK ON HERBERT PONTING
Anne Strathie e-mails to say: "I’m still working on my book on Ponting, but it will hopefully be at final proof stage by the time of the Dublin gathering [7-9 June 2019]".
Anne's previous books includes her biography of Birdie Bowers (Birdie Bowers; Captain Scott's Marvel) and From Ice Floes to Battlefields; Scott's 'Antarctics' in the First World War. Both were issued by the History Press.
(28 November 2018)
THE NEWS AT THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: THE PRINT CULTURE OF POLAR EXPLORATION
Hester Blum e-mails to say: I "wish to let you know about my forthcoming book on the print culture of polar exploration and polar newspapers: https://www.dukeupress.edu/the-news-at-the-ends-of-the-earth.
I will confess that it does have a lot of Arctic material, I trust that the Antarctic material will be of interest to you and others."
The book is due to be issued in April 2019 by Duke University Press. Cloth and paperback editions.
"From Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 search for the Northwest Passage to early twentieth-century sprints to the South Pole, polar expeditions produced an extravagant archive of documents that are as varied as they are engaging. As the polar ice sheets melt, fragments of this archive are newly emergent. In The News at the Ends of the Earth Hester Blum examines the rich, offbeat collection of printed ephemera created by polar explorers. Ranging from ship newspapers and messages left in bottles to menus and playbills, polar writing reveals the seamen wrestling with questions of time, space, community, and the environment. Whether chronicling weather patterns or satirically reporting on penguin mischief, this writing provided expedition members with a set of practices to help them survive the perpetual darkness and harshness of polar winters. The extreme climates these explorers experienced is continuous with climate change today. Polar exploration writing, Blum contends, offers strategies for confronting and reckoning with the extreme environment of the present."(20 November 2018)
About The Author:
Hester Blum is Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, author of The View from the Masthead: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives, and editor of Turns of Event: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies in Motion and Horrors of Slavery, or, the American Tars in Tripoli.
SHACKLETON & AN ALBION PRESS: THE STORY OF THE FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN THE ANTARCTIC
James Freemantle, of St James Park Press, e-mails to say:
"Its working title is ‘Shackleton & an Albion Press: the story of the first book printed in the Antarctic’, printed letterpress and by hand on an Albion Press by the St James Park Press in a limited edition of less than 50 copies. To be printed in the winter of 2018, exactly 110 years since Aurora Australis was printed on an Albion Press. The edition will contain, amongst other illustrations and photographs, an original leaf of a watermarked Abbey Mills Greenfield paper, the same paper used to print the Aurora Australis."
(15 September 2018)
More details are now available.
FROM CRIS DE BOOS (Erskine Press)
Cris de Boos, of Erskine Press, e-mails to say:
"I've got two definite and one possible for this year. I've been offered a translation of the Lecointe: 'In the Land of the Penguins.' It's a very formal translation, actually a literal translation, and needs a lot work. However it hasn't been done before and it's worth doing. These days scanning in the pictures in the old book can be done with remarkable clarity."
(23 February 2018)
ADELIE MAIL & CAPE ADARE TIMES
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 http://www.antarctic-circle.org/adeliemail.htm
(18 January 2015)
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 www.jesseblackadder.com.
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)
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)
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 [http://www.analogsf.com/0104/issue_0104.html] 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."
(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 — www.analogsf.com" Congratulations!
(10 March 2002)
UPDATE: Have a look at Brenda's very useful bibliography at http://www.sff.net/people/Brenda/rtwbib.htm
(6 March 2003)
UPDATE: I recently received a copy from Rik; a very nice production. Am now waiting to learn of its general availability.
(28 January 2004)
UPDATE: The article appeared in the March 2001 issue (Vol 51 ; 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.
(29 November 2005)