Posts Tagged ‘NASA’


NASA, Tor/Forge aiming for inspiration

August 28, 2011

Joe Bergeron - Saturn Ring ParticlesWhat, with wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, and the like afoot, one can certainly be forgiven if this NASA press release slipped by unnoticed:

In an effort to introduce, inform and inspire readers about NASA, the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. has partnered with Tor-Forge Books to develop and publish a series of science-fiction-themed books.

Referred to as “NASA Inspired Works of Fiction,” these books will be based on concepts pertinent to current and future agency missions and operations.

“Ultimately this agreement will benefit the public, as we look for innovative ways to communicate our past and current achievements, while focusing on the needs of the future,” said Nona Cheeks, who directs Goddard’s Innovative Partnerships initiatives.

Many people who work in science and technology often credit science fiction as a significant inspiration for their career choices. The enormous popularity of science fiction is a key element in this collaboration to make the books a gateway to the general public and generate awareness of the significant role NASA plays in our everyday live.

NASA will pair scientists and engineers with Tor-Forge writers to help raise awareness and enhance public interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NASA’s goal is to attract and retain students focused on STEM studies, strengthening the agency and the nation’s future workforce.

Hmm … I think it’s Asimov’s The Martian Way I’m thinking of, but I can’t find the particular volume among the pathetically disorganized shelves and piles of books that presently constitute my library.

You know the one I mean. Or not.

Never mind.

Dust off your imaginations, and look to the sky.



Inspiration/Digression: Cool Sciency Stuff

March 28, 2010

A Deinosuchus lunges at an Albertosaurus in an artist's conception. (Raul D. Martin)Cool sciency stuff for stories

And now, for hopefully obvious reasons: