My latest book: The Rocket Man
Some reviews of my latest book, The Rocket Man, about amazing pioneering aviators. Available on-line (Amazon, etc) and from bookstores everywhere.
"Darling provides an eclectic collection of aviation biographies in this delightful salute to a series of largely overlooked flight pioneers. Reaching back to trend-setting balloonist Sophie Armant, who was an early nineteenth-century celebrity until her fiery end, Darling then highlights a multitude of unsung heroes, including the inspiration for The Great Waldo Pepper (1975); the original X-Men (as in the men who flew the sound barrier–busting X-planes); and William Weaver, the Lockheed test pilot who survived the breakup of his SR-71 at a speed of Mach 3 and an altitude of 15 miles. An inspirational text full of can-do spirit, The Rocket Man will be well received by aviation aficionados and armchair adventurers everywhere." – Booklist
"Gripping... dazzling tales of madness and derring do." – Brian Clegg, author of Inflight Science.
'David Darling has cleverly avoided wheeling out all the old familiar names... a rollicking, rip-roaring tale. 4 stars.' – Popular Science
"Impressive." Wall Street Journal
"A mix of good old-fashioned silliness and some fine science writing." – BBC Focus
And my first album
Songs of the Cosmos contains 11 tracks – nine original compositions and two covers – some of them loosely based on ideas that I've written about in my books over the years together with personal thoughts and reflections. The songs range from progressive rock to acoustic ballads. Check out some samples here. Available to download from iTunes, Amazon, and many other on-line music stores.
Don't Know Where I'm Goin' (5:01)
Personnel: David Darling (vocals, acoustic guitar); Miroslaw Hodun: (arrangements, keyboards, misc. instruments); Julie Cleave (backing vocals); Simon Kennedy (guitar), Fraser Adam (bass); Scott Donald (drums); Graeme Watt (studio recording and mastering).
Hold Your Body (Next to Mine) (4:38)
Long Way to Go (3:52)
Dark Energy (3:32)
The One Song (4:33)
Hey Dreamer (3:26)
Mirror On My Soul (4:03)
Lose Yourself (5:12)
You've Got the Sun in Your Life (4:43)
My website dedicated to music
Pluto and Charon: Reality replaces imagination as New Horizons closes in
My new album