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by Boyd Gaines,Homer Hickam

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Boyd Gaines,Homer Hickam
Audioworks; Abridged edition (June 1, 1999)
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Homer H. Hickam, Jr. Contents.

Homer H. Finally, for the inspiration they have always given me, I doff my spacesuit helmet to NASA agency and contractor grunts everywhere.

by Homer H. Hickam (Author), Boyd Gaines (Narrator)

by Homer H. Hickam (Author), Boyd Gaines (Narrator). Homer H. Hickam, J. is the author of the New York Times bestseller Rocket Boys: A Memoir, which received a National Book Critics Circle nomination and was the basis for the critically acclaimed movie October Sky. The author of Torpedo Junction as well as numerous articles for such publications as Smithsonian Air and Space and American History Illustrated, he is a retired NASA engineer, a scuba instructor, and a consultant on a variety of aerospace projects that interest him. was born and raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. The author of Torpedo Junction, a Military History Book of the Month Club selection, as well as numerous articles for such publications as Smithsonian Air and Space and American History Illustrated, he is a NASA payload training manager for the International Space Program and lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Find sources: "Homer Hickam" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (March 2008) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Hickam Jr. is the second son of Homer Sr. and Elsie Gardener Hickam (née Lavender). He was born and raised in Coalwood, West Virginia, and graduated from Big Creek High School in 1960. He and friends Roy Lee Cooke, Sherman Siers, O'Dell Carroll, Billy Rose, and Quentin Wilson, became.

Back to the Moon book. The shuttle is hijacked. I really liked this fiction story of a possibility of a return to the moon by Homer Hickam. Thought it would have made a good movie

Back to the Moon book. Now the countdown to adventure begins. Thought it would have made a good movie. Hickam graduated from the coal mines of West Virginia to work for NASA; so he has a credible basis for the tale.

Back to the Moon is a science fiction novel and Homer Hickam's first fictional book. Published in June 1999, Hickam wrote Back to the Moon using insider information he learned from NASA. Published in June 1999, Hickam wrote Back to the Moon using insider information he learned from NASA

number one, the only functioning source of electrical power on the shuttle, was failing, and (2) Big Dog had pretty much shot its. Wad, the remaining propellant not sufficient to get the shuttle back into earth transit. Sam created two tiger teams-one to work on the fuel cell problem, the other on the earth transit situation

In his New York Times bestselling memoir, October Sky, real-life NASA engineer Homer Hickam captured the excitement of America's first space ventures.

In his New York Times bestselling memoir, October Sky, real-life NASA engineer Homer Hickam captured the excitement of America's first space ventures. Jack Medaris is a man haunted by his past and driven by a dream: He's risking everything to "borrow" the Columbia-and pilot it to the moon.

The shuttle is hijacked

The shuttle is hijacked. In his New York Times bestselling memoir, October Sky, real-life NASA engineer Homer Hickam captured the excitement of America's first space ventures.

Hickam, Homer . 1943-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

A renegade rocket man haunted by his past. A beautiful daredevil who thinks she can do it all -- until she finds herself on the adventure of her life. A death-defying mission so risky, so audacious, that no one would try it...unless the fate of the world depended on its success.

Thirty years after man's first lunar landing, retired NASA engineer Homer Hickam, Jr., offers a brilliantly imagined, endlessly entertaining return to space adventure in his spectacular first novel, Back to the Moon.

Jack Medaris doesn't "borrow" the space shuttle Columbia to be a hero or a villain. A man of science driven by the memory of the woman who once inspired him, Jack risks his life, his name, and everything he has, to sidetrack the shuttle and take it on an unscheduled detour to the moon, where the secrets of his past -- and the future of the world -- await him. But when the meticulously plotted launch goes fatally wrong, and payload specialist Penny High Eagle further complicates Jack's plan, he must confront unforeseen challenges both in space and on the ground.

Writing with the detail and intelligence that only an insider could, Hickam takes us to places few have ever seen, strapping us into the cockpit of the shuttle and hurtling us into orbit and beyond. From the crackling tension of mission control to the savage emptiness of deep space, from the massive rocket engines capable of generating millions of pounds of thrust to the tiny killing machines awaiting a bygone era's orders to unleash their high-tech fury, here are the sights and science of space as you've never seen them before. A no-holds-barred joyride of a thriller, Back to the Moon confirms that Homer Hickam is a master storyteller like no other.

  • I like Hickam's semi-autobiographical accounts of growing up in Coal Wood. Of being a Rocket Boy. Those are amongst the best I have ever read, and that ability to bring character of course to himself, as well as the child he was at the time is tremendous. And one should mention that he brings character to Coal Wood and all its environs and people much as Kellior does with Lake Woebegone. We are immersed.

    Turing to this entire work of fiction, we see the NASA space program as he does, as an insider. We see fictitious politicians who wish to stop the program and are pretty successful at it. And if Hickam with his knowledge is correct, a solution to many problems of the space program and of us here on earth.

    But it is a fiction and we have to suspend our disbelief. Because we do so, when the premise of taking the shuttle in the fashion that it is done, then I have to wonder at the science that is then given us. I am no space expert and I expect many who read this are like me, space hopefuls with no grounding in the realities of space. So when things like the EVA are done, I wonder if it is like Gravity, that just came out. How much is true and how much fiction.

    That is only one part of the disappointment, for the cliche of our lead characters past makes it hard to see them as well formed as those of Coal Wood and Hickam's earlier work. Too many characters, including those from the past in back flashes, that we have to spend time with. A few less of those, a few that we could have slimmed down and then worked with the leads more, and that would have elevated this for me.

    And perhaps getting rid of an illuminati like other power. Many books use it. When we one day prove the existence of such entities then perhaps seeing them in our fiction will round out such tales.

    A once read. For those who like space or love it, a book to get for some of what Hickam has given us you won't find so readily elsewhere.

  • My first impressions before I purchased Back to the Moon was there was no way the Space Shuttle Orbiter could make it to the moon let alone return to earth. But because Homer keeps surprising me in everything of his I had already read, I decided to see what he had up his sleeve in this thriller. I have to admit, Homer does come up with a clever solution to my concern and surrounds it with so many exciting and believable subplots, it is another great read. I recommend reading this book and PACO before reading his Helium-3 series because they help set the stage for what follows in the distant future. If you have been a fond reader of Homer Hickam, you will certainly enjoy Back to the Moon.

  • I just read this book, via my Kindle, and loved it. It is well crafted with only a few things askew. For instance, if memory serves me, Starbuck was a Battlestar Galactia character, not Starwars. I have purchased most of Homer Hickam's books, some I have not yet read, some I did not like, but several that I did also seem to be written a lot better too. I just realized that I bought Back To the Moon a year ago and have just gotten around to reading it. I read Crater and Crescent before this, and am looking forward to Hickam's next book in the series.

  • I was looking for a good space thriller that involved the moon--something realistic and not totally science fiction with now-impossible traveling to other galaxies or planets and such. So seeing that (1) this novel was titled BACK TO THE MOON and (2) was written by real-life former NASA engineer Homer Hickam, Jr. (author of NYT #1 bestseller Rocket Boys), I decided to buy and read it. Overall, I was not disappointed (I'd rate it 3.5 stars if I could).

    The good: authoritative and realistic writing on space, space technology, NASA operations and culture. Exciting premise (space shuttle hijacked to go to the moon for valuable minerals).

    The bad: It's pretty slow-paced for a thriller, with long on-the-ground and administrative development scenes from multiple parties unfolding long before the action ever gets to space (okay, I know, I wanted realism and I got it--that is what it takes to get to space, after all). The love interest between the lead character, Jack Medaris, and Penny "High Eagle" (really, that's what people call her?!) is just plain silly at times, and even more painful is the "love-note--left-on-the-moon" by a former lover in her childhood, which supposedly provides part of Medaris' motivation to hijack the shuttle, putting many people at risk, and to return to the moon. Also irritating was the all-too-convenient post-script "3 years later" wrap-up where all loose ends are bluntly tied up, like the overlay script just before the credits of a movie where they write what became of each character. The ending overall is sort of a gung-ho NASA space enthusiast wet dream, with everything working out for the main characters and plenty of funding going to all the right places for all the right things.

    That said, there's still a lot to like here. Published over a decade ago in 2000, Hickam predicts the demise of the shuttle program (although not for exactly the right reasons) and the rise of the private space industry. Also, as a diver myself, I enjoyed the minor SCUBA connection present in this novel, especially the ending scene with the moon rocks.

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    If you're looking for more quality space thrillers (there aren't really a whole lot of them are there?),I've also read these 2 (I won't be reviewing them since I read them a long time ago):

    The Return by Buzz Aldrin with John Barnes

    Cosmonaut, by Peter McAllister

  • Hickman worked for NASA as an engineer prior to becoming a writer, so combined with his writing talent, this novel comes across as a believable space-based thriller. Or did it really happen? If you have enjoyed his other works, and like science fiction based in reality as I do, you'll certainly enjoy Back to the moon. This is my second copy of the book. I recently gave the first copy to my grandson, hoping it will hook him on reading for fun. (He'll also learn a ton of science, but that's our little secret.)