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Ron Garan

Ron Garan

Tucson, Arizona

A decorated Astronaut, Fighter Pilot, Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneur. Ron champions his ‘Orbital Perspective’ message to improve life on earth.

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Having enjoyed an illustrious career that has cemented Colonel Ron Garan’s place as one of the world’s most influential individuals, the iconic father of three is a decorated NASA Astronaut, Fighter Pilot, and Test Pilot, Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneur.

As part of a select group of individuals who have been fortunate enough to see the world from space, Ron champions his ‘Orbital Perspective’ message to improve life on earth. Ron is celebrated not just for his research in space, but for his humanitarian contribution to life on earth.

Ron has spent 178 days in space and has traveled more than 71 million miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet. He flew on both the US Space Shuttle and Russian Soyuz spacecraft where accomplished four spacewalks. Ron also spent 18 days at the bottom of the ocean during a research mission held in the world’s only undersea research lab, Aquarius.

Later, Ron was assigned to the US Agency for International Development, leading the Unity Node project. Their task was to develop a universal, open-source platform, enabling humanitarian organizations to work towards mutual goals. In 2007 Ron founded Manna Energy Ltd. Created with the goal of leveraging the Carbon Market to finance humanitarian projects. Manna Energy Ltd is the first organization in the world to register a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism carbon credit program for water treatment.

From representing Manna Energy Ltd as one of ten global innovators in the field of water purification during the inaugural Launch Water Forum to his role as advisor to the Social Business movement, Ron continues to work towards a cleaner, safer and more peaceful planet. Ron’s critically acclaimed breakthrough book "The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles", was published by Berrett-Koehler.
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Floating in Darkness - successfully hit 500 pre-orders by Thursday 31 October 2019 11 P.M. UTC, and will be pitched to 162 publishers.

Floating in Darkness -

A Journey of Evolution

This is a journey through outer space, inner space, war, peace, conflict, and love. It transcends political, cultural, national, ethnic and religious divides. Focusing instead on our shared humanity.

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Synopsis

Floating in Darkness will take the reader on a journey toward a deeper understanding of life, society, and the interdependent nature of all things.

This story is designed to spark conversations that transcend political, cultural, national, ethnic and religious divides. Focusing instead on our shared humanity.

This is a journey of war and peace, conflict and love, height and depth. It is a journey through outer space and inner space. Throughout, Ron compares the dancing, intersecting orbits of religion, spirituality, and science. The book will touch on nuclear deterrence and explore the intimate violence of combat—highlighting the complexities of tribalism. Ron will address our own mortality and bask the reader in the sheer wonder and beauty of our world and beyond. Ron brings the reader with him from the ocean floor to Earth orbit and back.

The purpose of this book is to replace fear with awe and wonder. And to use the platform of awe and wonder as a jump-off point—transforming each of us into white blood cells in a growing immune response to heal our world. Together we will systematically break down the divisive walls that keep us apart. We will bridge gaps and unify effort.

Why support this book?

  • Ron’s theme of unity is incredibly relevant and timely. With potentially divisive elections approaching in the US and abroad, Ron’s message will hit home and will be highly sought after.
  • Ron is a celebrated author and keynote speaker with advanced praise of his previous book: The Orbital Perspective.
  • He has a large social media following that will be leveraged for sales. (Twitter followers: 159,647 • Facebook followers: 97,319 • Instagram followers: 2,410 • LinkedIn connections: 2,783)
  • Ron is a recognized thought leader. His opinions and expertise are sought by Fortune 500 CEOs, and leaders inside and outside of government. Ron's thought leadership is highlighted at: https://www.rongaran.com/ It is anticipated that there will be a large corporate presale market for the book.
  • Ron is producing and launching a “Floating in Darkness” Podcast that is designed to build community around the message of the book.

Similar titles

  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield, published by MacMillan (29 Oct 2013) : This title is similar because it is written by an astronaut who uses his life experiences as a lesson for people to follow to lead a better life on Earth. It is different in that it is written as a past-tense memoir. Floating in Darkness is written in first person present tense and will read like a novel. Also, in addition to exploring outer space, Floating in Darkness also explores inner space (spirituality).
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert. Published by Penguin (16 Feb 2006): This title is similar because it uses an autobiographical narrative as a metaphor for the bigger story concerning God and the meaning of life. It is different in the actual journey. In Floating in Darkness Ron weaves his story from the depths of combat and the depths of the ocean floor to the heights of outer space.
  • Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly, published by Alfred A. Knopf (October 2017). This title is similar because it is written by an astronaut and is an autobiographical account of his life and time in space. It is different because Floating in Darkness uses the narrative to delve into the evolution of society - where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

Audience

This book was written for anyone who wants to improve their life and their world. Readers are sure to walk away with a greater awareness of and gratitude for our universe. The book is specifically targeted for people with an interest in space exploration, military history, and the advancement of society.

Advance praise

This book is significantly better, deeper, and more compelling than Ron’s critically acclaimed first book: The Orbital Perspective. The Foreword for The Orbital Perspective was written by Nobel Peace Laurette Muhammad Yunus.

Praise for the Orbital Perspective:

The Orbital Perspective could wind up being the most important tale ever told from space.” Time Magazine

The Orbital Perspective reminds us of our common humanity and that the pressing challenges we face, we must face and resolve together through tolerance, dialogue, and cooperation.” Kofi Annan Nobel Peace Laureate and former UN Secretary-General

“Ron’s focus is on finding new connections and collaborations that cross borders and allow us to transform the world for the better before we destroy this big blue ball we call home.” Peter Gabriel, Grammy Award Winning Musician & Founder of WOMAD

“Ron’s breakthrough book is one of a kind. He masterfully synthesizes the big-picture view of our world with the ground-level details necessary to overcome the barriers to improving life for all people” Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia

“This is more than just a book; it is a call to action and a catalyst for a necessary movement. This is a defining book for a defining time in human history.” Daniel Epstein Founder and CEO, Unreasonable Group

“The Orbital Perspective is an inspirational knockout. After reading this book you will refuse to accept the status quo on our planet.” Wladimir Klitschko, Ph.D. Heavyweight World Champion, Founder of Klitschko Management Group.

“When Ron speaks it’s poetry” Muhammad Yunus, Best Selling Author, and Nobel Peace Laurette.

12 publishers interested Express interest

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Addicus Books, Inc.

We just celebrated our 25th anniversary. At Addicus Books, we are dedicated to producing high-quality nonfiction books. One of our areas of focus is consumer health titles, and we continue to develop our growing line of books. In addition to growing our line of health books, we are also developing other nonfiction lines: business, memoir, self-help. We put a lot of energy into a developmental edit of the main text, making sure it is as strong as it possibly can be. We look for clarity, appropriate tone, and good organization.

We publish a book six to nine months after receiving a final manuscript. We sell books through our national distribution program, IGP Books, in Chicago. Every book is published as a tradepaper back and as an ebook (on Amazon and Barnes & Noble--B&N.com).

Traditional publisher

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Apocryphile Press

Apocryphile Press is a small, new-paradigm publishing company based in the San Francisco East Bay. We specialize in edgy spirituality, and pretty much anything that snags our fancy.

We are especially interested at this time in literary or genre fiction with a spiritual bent that portrays religious people in realistic ways. (Translation: if your religious characters aren't deeply flawed and don't cuss, don't send it to us.)

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Koehler Books

Koehler Books is an Indie publisher based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our team of dedicated professionals promises you a holistic publishing experience where you'll receive our full attention, collaboration and coaching every step of the way. We offer two publishing models: a traditional non-fee model for the highest quality work, as well as a co-publishing model that includes creative development fees for emerging authors.

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An award-winning independent publisher of non-fiction books, specializing in business, self-help and health and wellness books.

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  • Anonymous
    on Oct. 6, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

    Zero hesitation in supporting this important mission Ron - loved "The Orbital Perspective" so I know I'm going to be inspired all over again with "Floating In Darkness" And more importantly - there is work to be done, and we all know from earlier missions that failure is not an option.