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Homer Hickam

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Homer Hickam (also known as Homer H. Hickam, Jr.) is the author of many best-sellers including his latest, Don't Blow Yourself Up. An eclectic writer, he wrote the "Coalwood Series," which includes the # 1 New York Times best-selling memoir Rocket Boys, (made into the ever-popular movie October Sky) the World War II-era "Josh Thurlow" series, the juvenile sci-fi "Crater" series, the adult thriller The Dinosaur Hunter, the romantic Red Helmet, and many others. Among his many writing awards are the University of Alabama's Clarence Cason Award and the Appalachian Heritage Writer's Award plus an honorary Doctorate of Literature from Marshall University. For more information on Mr. Hickam and his books and cats and everything else, please go to ...more

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Homer Hickam Of all the things I've done in my life, I'm happiest when I write. Because of my memoir Rocket Boys and especially the movie October Sky, a lot of peo…moreOf all the things I've done in my life, I'm happiest when I write. Because of my memoir Rocket Boys and especially the movie October Sky, a lot of people think I'm principally an engineer or a scientist. This is frustrating. What they don't know is that I've been a successful writer nearly all my life and that Rocket Boys/October Sky only happened because I was already known for my writing, especially my first book, Torpedo Junction. I explained all that in my Kindle Single (also a paperback) "From Rocket Boys to October Sky." Writing has always been a passion. My grade school teachers copied my short stories and shared them with the Jr. High School students & teachers. They told me I'd someday make my living as a writer and they were right. It's just that I had a passion also to build rockets & for that I needed to learn engineering. But I minored in English and my engineering professors agreed with my grade school teachers. I was going to be a better writer than an engineer! I wrote about that, a little, in "Sky of Stone." Anyway, being a writer has given me a great deal of freedom, a steady income over the years, and, in the case of Rocket Boys/October Sky, an amazing amount of fan mail telling me that those works have inspired many people to go forth and do great things.(less)
Homer Hickam When my teacher in the 3rd grade read a short story I'd written, she told me someday I'd make my living as a writer. I thought, "Why wait? I could use…moreWhen my teacher in the 3rd grade read a short story I'd written, she told me someday I'd make my living as a writer. I thought, "Why wait? I could use the money now!" I started my own newspaper which was successful until I wrote a funny story about my mother who, unamused, took away my First Amendment rights until I reached college where I wrote a weekly column for the college newspaper.

I studied engineering in college and after graduation, spent six years in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam. When I returned from the war, I took jobs as an engineer to support myself while I worked on my writing career. For the most part, I wrote for scuba diving magazines, gaining respect as a writer about diving on shipwrecks. The research I did for several articles led to my first book, a military history best-seller titled Torpedo Junction which came out in 1989 and has recently been optioned for a motion picture.

After writing a short article for a magazine about growing up in West Virginia and building rockets, I was approached by an agent who thought I should write a memoir based on that part of my life. I did. It was titled Rocket Boys and the film October Sky was based on it. After the great success of both the book and the movie, I permanently retired from engineering and became a full-time writer which I am to this day. For more, please go here: www.homerhickam.com(less)
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Let's Just Go To The Moon And Mine the Blame Thing

 In 1960, when he asked me what I thought we should do in Space, I told Senator John F. Kennedy we "should just go to the moon and mine the blame thing."

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It is an opinion undoubtedly colored by the unique place I'm from, a town called Coalwood in a state called West Virginia in a place called Appalachia where it's difficult to get there, difficult to live there, but has r

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“I had discovered that learning something, no matter how complex, wasn't hard when I had a reason to want to know it.”
Homer Hickam, Rocket Boys

“Not much comes easy in this world, Sonny. If it does, it's best to be suspicious of it. It's probably not worth much.”
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“All I’ve done is give you a book,” she said. “You have to have the courage to learn what’s inside it.”
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John Thanks for the recommendation. I picked it up on Amazon at a great price and am starting it today.


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Homer Hickam John wrote: "Homer,

Saw this in the Alabama Dept of Archives and History newsletter: April Museum Make & Take:
Paper Rockets!
Saturn5 Did you know that the Saturn V rocket that propelled Americans to the moon..."


Thanks, John. If I didn't have so many writing deadlines, maybe I would but I fear my rocket building days are well behind me. Writing has always been my true passion, in any case. Have you read "From Rocket Boys to October Sky" which tells how I came to write Rocket Boys and the movie was made? I think you'd like it, I swan. http://www.homerhickam.com


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