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Homer H. Hickam Jr. was born in 1943 in Coalwood, Va. and earned a degree in industrial engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1964. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1972, rising to the rank of captain. Hickam also served as an engineer at the Army Missile Command in Huntsville, Ala. and with the Army Corps of Engineers in West Germany. He has been with NASA since 1981. Homer Hickam is a rare combination of practicing scientist and literate storyteller. As a NASA trainer he has taught astronauts to walk on the moon. As an author he has written a poignant, personal memoir about how he became an aerospace engineer. In Rocket Boys (1998) Hickam tells how his fascination with rockets began in the 50s Sputnik space race, developed into a teenage rocket club, and led to Hickam's winning a gold and a silver medal at the National Science Fair in 1960. His inspiring story, told with honesty and humor, had its beginnings as an article in Smithsonian's Air and Space magazine in 1994 and is being adapted as a motion picture. Hickam's other book Torpedo Junction: U-Boat War Off America's East Coast, 1942 (1989) is also praised as a literary achievement. It is a fascinating, fast-paced narrative that draws on his background as a scuba diver and explorer of sunken ships. Hickam has also written several shipwreck articles for major magazines. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Rocket Boys 2,876 copies, 60 reviews
The Coalwood Way 423 copies, 7 reviews
Back to the Moon 254 copies, 4 reviews
Sky of Stone: A Memoir 229 copies, 6 reviews
The Keeper's Son 193 copies, 2 reviews
Torpedo Junction 186 copies, 1 review
The Dinosaur Hunter: A Novel 127 copies, 9 reviews
The Ambassador's Son 114 copies, 1 review
Crater (A Helium-3 Novel) 112 copies, 4 reviews
Red Helmet 109 copies, 5 reviews
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