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Chris Hadfield and new Book, The Apollo Murders

October 12, 2021 by Speakers' Spotlight

Colonel Chris Hadfield Debuts First Fiction Book and New Keynote

Already a bestselling author, Colonel Chris Hadfield makes his fiction debut with new book, The Apollo Murders — a Cold War thriller set in the dark heart of the Space Race. While it’s his first fiction book, the inspiration behind it is based on true stories. In his new keynote, Chris brings audiences behind-the-scenes of his new book to give them a taste of what it’s really like to be an astronaut, today and back when space played centre stage to political intrigue.

Set in 1973, The Apollo Murders follows a crew of three astronauts on Apollo 18 as they make a final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Both Russian and American crews are sprinting for a secret bounty hidden away on the lunar surface, while old rivalries blossom and political stakes are stretched to a breaking point back on Earth. But not everyone on board Apollo 18 is quite who they appear to be.

In his new keynote — “Stories Behind The Apollo Murders” — Chris invites audiences to join him on a journey through the fascinating, technical, and thrilling stories he discovered while researching for his new fiction series.

Starting from the beginning, when landing on the moon was a dream and an international competition, and ending in today’s landscape of international cooperation, Chris shows what is possible and what might have been. He combines stories that only an insider would ever know with his own personal stories of launching into space, living six months off-planet, and hanging on to the outside of a spacecraft moving 17,000 miles per hour, to put audiences right in the moment as someone who has done all of these things in real life.

Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Chris was the first Canadian to command the international Space Station. He is acclaimed for making outer space accessible and continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

The Apollo Murders is Chris’ fourth book, having also written bestsellers An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here, and his children’s book, The Darkest Dark.

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