…Well, not exactly. But as close as we can get without becoming astronauts or paying $5K for the privilege. I’m a-goin’ to Launch Pad!
Bwhuh? you say. To which I reply, from the Launch Pad website:
Launch Pad is a NASA-funded education/public outreach effort supplementing Mike Brotherton’s space-based astronomical research. Our budget allows us to provide a workshop that is essentially free to participants. Our primary goal is to teach writers of all types about modern science, specifically astronomy, and in turn reach their audiences. We hope to both educate the public and reach the next generation of scientists.
Though my first novel/trilogy is fantasy, I do write some science fiction, so I’m seriously psyched about going to this. On top of that, I’ll apparently be there with a whole lot of other cool people, some of whom are Big Names (::wibble::). First off, the event is organized by noted skiffy author Mike Brotherton; then the guest instructors this year will be Phil Plait and Joe Haldeman. Then my fellow students will be:
- Julie V. Jones
- Gord Sellar
- Marc Laidlaw
- Owl Goingback
- Scott Sigler
- Tara Fredette
- Brian Malow
- Pat Cadigan
- Carolyn Clink
- Robert Sawyer
- Andy Duncan
- Ed Lerner
The coolness!! OMG the coolness!! ::hyperventilates:: I’m all aflutter.
I can’t wait. Going to have to seriously motor on book 3, though, because I suspect that if I haven’t finished it by the time I go to this workshop, my head will be so full of sciency things that I may not be able to write fantasy for a bit. =)