Founded by Robin Rees in 1999, Canopus is an independent book production company with a reputation for publishing high-quality popular science titles. All time bestseller is Bang! The Complete History of the Universe, by Brian May, Sir Patrick Moore, and Chris Lintott, which has sold over 180,000 copies. Canopus produced Brian May’s first venture into Victorian Stereo Photography: A Village Lost and Found, and Robin coedited Patrick Moore’s magnum opus Data Book of Astronomy.
In 2013 we started producing books for Brian May’s London Stereoscopic Company as a fully formed independent publishing company. The first book: Diableries has become something of a cult title, with wonderful reviews and sales continuing through 2015.
Diableries was followed by a collaboration with Tate Britain: A Poor Man’s Picture Gallery (Denis Pellerin and Brian May) was published in Autumn 2014 to coincide with a major exhibition at Tate Britain with the same name.
In 2014 we published Starmus: 50 Years of Man in Space the lectures and presentations from a unique meeting on Tenerife held in 2011 which brought together astronauts, cosmonauts, astrophysicists and biologists, and rock musicians, to celebrate 50 years since Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight. Neil Armstrong’s contribution to this meeting was his last “chapter” before his death in 2012, and its inclusion in our book is very moving. Professor Stephen Hawking honoured us with a thought provoking Preface, and was the distinguished guest at the 2014 meeting of Starmus.
In 2016 we will launch the book of Starmus II (which was held in 2014) at the third Starmus meeting STARMUS III. This meeting is 100% dedicated to Prof Stephen Hawking, and uniquely in the history of scientific meetings a dozen nobel laureates will be speaking, reflecting the incredible respect Stephen commands in the eyes of the world.