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Homer "Sonny" Hickam, Jr. reached his dream of working for NASA but is now retired from the agency and has become a highly acclaimed writer. His first book was the best-selling nautical wartime history, Torpedo Junction. His first memoir, Rocket Boys, soared to the top of the best seller lists and was turned into the movie October Sky. He followed with Back to the Moon, The Coalwood Way, Sky of Stone, We Are Not Afraid, and The Keeper's Son (the first of a series). He is a proud Vietnam veteran, an accomplished scuba diver, and a dedicated amateur paleontologist. He still loves his hometown of Coalwood, West Virginia, and returns there each year to support the October Sky Festival. He is married to Linda Terry Hickam, an artist who also works as Homer's first editor and personal assistant. The couple love their cats and share their time between homes in Alabama and the Virgin Islands.

Homer Hickam places a protective device on Hubble Space Telescope Star Tracker during engineering tests at the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator (NBS), Huntsville, AL
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