University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Rod Pyle


Sponsored by Drs. Jill & Hershel Rosenzweig

Rod Pyle is a space author, journalist and historian who has authored 14 books on space history, exploration and development for major publishers that have been published in six languages. He is the senior editor of Ad Astra magazine, the quarterly print publication of the National Space Society. His frequent articles have appeared in Space.com, LiveScience, Futurity, Huffington Post and WIRED. He has written extensively for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech, and authored the Apollo Executive Leadership Program for the Johnson Space Center with The Conference Board. He also spent many years working in television, writing and producing shows for The History Channel and working in visual effects on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Battlestar Galactica."

His most recent book release is “Amazing Stories of the Space Age,” and is currently under option for television. Rod writes a yearly technical publication called Technology Highlights for NASA/JPL. He appears frequently on national radio and television, with regular slots on KFI/Los Angeles, and WGN/Chicago. He was recently featured on PBS’s Between the Lines and C-SPAN’s Book TV. Rod holds an MA from Stanford University and a BFA from the Art Center College of Design.

New book releases for 2019 include "Interplanetary Robots," "Space 2.0," "First on the Moon" and "Heroes of the Space Age."

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Scheduled events:
Putting the Science in Science Fiction
Alien planets, distant galaxies, space travel ... For sci fi stories to feel real, authors need to know their science. Our distinguished panel of science fiction and non-fiction writers discuss research, fun facts, the interplay between science and science fiction, and when stuff gets weird.

Integrated Learning Center Room 141 (Seats 120, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Charlie Jane Anders, Mary Robinette Kowal, Rod Pyle
Moderator: J.L. Doty
Apollo's Conquest of the Moon
Neil Armstrong's "One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind" was taken 50 years ago, and today we feature three space historians who remember the day as if it were yesterday. Meet James Hansen, Robert Kurson and Rod Pyle -- and help us celebrate man's first visit to the moon!

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: James Hansen, Robert Kurson, Rod Pyle
Moderator: Jack Roosa
Introducing Space Science 2.0
Space science experts Rod Pyle and Alan Stern will look ahead to the future of exploration beyond Planet Earth.

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Rod Pyle, Alan Stern
Moderator: Sara Hammond

Books:
Interplanetary Robots
Science / Medicine / Technology
Prometheus Books
December 2018
ISBN 9781633885028
320 pages
$18.00, INSTORE
Buy now

A NASA insider tells the exciting story of robotic space missions to explore the solar system. More/less

Space 2.0
Science / Medicine / Technology
BenBella Books
February 2019
ISBN 9781944648459

Along with the National Space Society, a foremost space historian and author offers an inside look at the next 20 years in space flight.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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