NASA Gets Science Into Fiction

Aug. 22 – NASA is looking to get more accurate science into science fiction. So, with that in mind, the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. has announced a new partnership with Tor/Forge to develop “NASA Inspired Works of Fiction” – themed books with the goal of getting younger readers more interested in science.

Since science fiction has commonly been cited as an inspiration for many scientists and astronauts (such as Dr. Mae Jemison), it seems a natural fit for the two industries. Especially given the space agency’s recent PR woes.

“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.

The program will pair off scientists with authors in an effort to “raise awareness and enhance public interest” in science, technology, engineering and math. The books will be based on current and future mission concepts and will take into account future operations.

According to GalleyCat, Tor/Forge authors will attend a two-day workshop in November. The workshop, held at GSFC, will include one-on-one sessions, presentations and tours. The group will also have access to data and information from NASA.

[Main image: NASA/Glenn Image Gallery]

Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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