Festival Staff / January 6, 2017
It’s Friday, how about a book roundup?
Space is practically a sub-theme at the festival this year, and there are going to be some really cool authors talking about really cool subjects dealing with space exploration and the people behind it. Here are a few of them:
Nancy Atkinson, Incredible Stories from Space
In "Incredible Stories from Space," veteran space journalist Nancy Atkinson shares compelling insights from over 35 NASA scientists and engineers, taking readers behind the scenes of the unmanned missions that are transforming our understanding of the solar system and beyond. Weaving together one-on-one interviews along with the extraordinary sagas of the spacecraft themselves, this book chronicles the struggles and triumphs of nine current space missions and captures the true spirit of exploration and discovery. Full color images throughout reveal scientific discoveries and the stunning, breathtaking views of our universe, sent back to Earth by our robotic emissaries to the cosmos. (from Goodreads)
Ron Garan, The Orbital Perspective
A decorated fighter pilot, astronaut, aquanaut and entrepreneur shares his experiences living on the International Space Station and working side-by-side with the Russians and shows how to apply what he learned, from embracing new processes and partnerships to creating a better world. (from TFOB website)
Julian Guthrie, How to Make a Spaceship
Julian Guthrie tells the story of the XPrize, the ten million dollar prize that spurred the private space race. With accounts of all the players and their efforts to reach the end, How to Make a Spaceship brings readers along for the drama, angst, and thrills of businessmen, scientists, idealists, and all those other people whose work went into creating a final product without NASA.
Nathalia Holt, Rise of the Rocket Girls
The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space. In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. (from TFOB website)
Melissa Sevigny, Under Desert Skies
Under Desert Skies tells the story of how a small corner of Arizona became Earth’s ambassador to space. From early efforts to reach the Moon to the first glimpses of Mars’s bleak horizons and Titan’s swirling atmosphere to the latest ambitious plans to touch an asteroid, LPL’s history encompasses humanity’s unfolding knowledge about our place in the universe. (from Goodreads)
Dava Sobel, The Glass Universe
#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Dava Sobel returns with the captivating, little-known true story of a group of women whose remarkable contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or human computers, to interpret the observations made via telescope by their male counterparts each night. (from TFOB website)
And here are a couple of other books by authors attending the festival that are space-related or space-adjacent, just for fun!
Shaun David Hutchinson, We Are The Ants
Abducted by aliens periodically throughout his youth, Henry Denton is informed by his erstwhile captors that they will end the world in 144 days unless he stops them by deciding that humanity is worth saving. (from TFOB website)
Gini Koch, Touched By an Alien
Sci-fi action meets steamy paranormal in Gini Koch's Alien novels, as Katherine "Kitty" Katt faces off against aliens, conspiracies, and deadly secrets. (from TFOB website)
We can't wait to see these authors in March! See you there!