Homer Hickam 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 Air & Space/Smithsonian and American History Illustrated, he is a NASA payload training manager for the International Space Station program and lives in Huntsville, Alabama.
"A thoroughly charming memoir...[an] eloquent evocation of a lost
time and place. . . . Mr. Hickam builds a story of overcoming
obstacles worthy of Frank Capra, especially in its sweetness and
--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"[Hickam] is a very adept storyteller--.--.--.--It's a good bet
this is the story as he told it to himself. It is a lovely one, and
in the career of Homer H. Hickam, Jr., who prevailed over the facts
of his life to become a NASA engineer training astronauts for space
walks, that made all the difference."
--The New York Times Book Review "Hickam has a great story to tell. . . . Rocket Boys will certainly strike a nostalgic chord in anyone who grew up during the early days of the space race, but its appeal goes beyond that. . . . Hickam's recollections of small-town America in the last years of small-town America are so cinematic that even those of us who didn't grow up there might imagine we did."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer "A stirring tale that offers something unusual these days . . . a message of hope in an age of cynicism. . . . Perhaps we all have something to learn from a half-dozen boys who dared to reject all limitations . . . and resolved to send dreams roaring to the sky."
--The San Diego Union-Tribune "Unforgettable . . . Unlike so many memoirs, this book brings to life more than one man's experiences. It brings to life the lost town of Coalwood, W.Va."