Marianne J. Dyson

Book Orders

Autographed Print Copies

Thank you for your interest in ordering autographed copies my books! Please allow up to three weeks for delivery, and only use the Houston pickup option if you have made arrangements to meet me (or you are an international customer).

Already have a copy and want it signed? I don't do book plates for security reasons. But please check my Contact Page for a list of upcoming appearances. Contact me for an address if you wish to mail a book to me for signature.

Event Coordinators: print out and distribute this Order Form Doc File to your attendees to preorder books at a discount prior to your event. (Form includes a tax-free option for schools and libraries.)

IF ORDERING MULTIPLE BOOKS. Only one copy of A Passion for Space or Home on the Moon will fit in an envelope. But all other books, such as one copy of Welcome to Mars plus one copy of Callahan Kids can go into one envelope. So, if ordering two books, select the Houston option for one book to avoid paying double shipping fees.

A Passion for Space

A Passion for Space
I was fortunate to be one of the first female flight controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center. This is my story of how I got there, what I did there, and the excitement and challenges of the early Space Shuttle Program. Read an excerpt & learn more about women flight controllers: A Passion for Space.

I offer copies for $35. Unless the book will be picked up locally in Houston, use the second button which includes $7 for shipping& handling. International customers, use local option and add shipping charges below.

A Passion for Space, $35 each for pickup in Houston:
A Passion for Space, $35 plus $7 S&H ($42 total):

Fly Me to the Moon and Other Stories

Fly Me to the Moon
Fly Me to the Moon is a collection of my previously published science fiction stories for adult readers. It opens with my first published story, Fireworks in Orbit, about a space shuttle crew’s struggle to survive an explosion. The Critical Factor features a clone facing the end of the universe. The Pest Man is flash fiction for Halloween. Virtually Correct focuses on racial profiling. The Shape of Things to Come shows how cuteness favors survival. A Solution to the Orbital Debris Problem results from misinterpretations. Fly Me to the Moon has a young man help an Alzheimer's patient save a woman stranded on the moon. Space Bugs uses microbes to get NASA funding. In Europa’s Survivors, a terminal cancer patient fills her final days with meaningful research. The print book also includes a sonnet written for Apollo Astronaut Alan Bean.

Read review of the cover story by Lois Tilton who called it "personal and moving."

Though written at an adult reading level, all content is fine for teens. Note, no shipping charge if combined with any other book order. International customers, use local option and add shipping charges below.

Fly Me to the Moon, $10 each for pickup in Houston:
Fly Me to the Moon, $10 plus $7 S&H/two copies ($17 total for one copy, $27 for two):

Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet

Welcome to Mars
Coauthored with Apollo 11 Moonwalker, Buzz Aldrin, and named a 2016 Outstanding Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association Welcome to Mars has a Free Educator's Guide.

Order autographed (by Dyson, not Buzz) copies for $20 plus $7 shipping/two copies. International customers, use "Houston" option and figure shipping below.

Welcome to Mars, $20 each for pickup in Houston:

Welcome to Mars, $20 plus $7 S&H/two copies (total $27 for one, $47 for two):

Space Station Science: Life in Freefall

Space Station Science
Originally published by Scholastic, Space Station Science won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, in 2000 & was named an Outstanding Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association. Now in its 2nd edition, published by Windward, this book is loaded with hands-on activities, and I created a writing exercise to go with it.

Order autographed copies of Space Station Science for $12. International customers, use "Houston" option and figure shipping below.

Space Station Science, $12 each:
Space Station Science, $12 plus $7 S&H/two copies ($19 for one copy, $31 for two total):

Home on the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier

Home on the Moon
Published by National Geographic, this book was selected by the American Institute of Physics to receive the 2004 Science Writing Award. The book contains hands-on activities, and I created more of them plus an animated Moon Map to go with it. Check them out: Home on the Moon.

Order autographed copies of Home on the Moon for $20 plus $7 shipping for each copy unless picked up in Houston. International customers, this book will not fit in a flat fee envelope, and thus is expensive unless a slower (book rate) option is selected which depends on the country. Please send email to me before you order this book to discuss shipping options.

Home on the Moon, $20 each for pickup in Houston:
Home on the Moon, $20 plus $7 S&H ($27 total):

GOING OP SOON! The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars

Callahan Kids
This Mars anthology for middle-school readers will be going out of print at the end of August 2018 because the company that sponsored it has gone out of business. It was created by science fiction writers and a team of engineers who checked all the science. The nine original tales, including my "Martian Mice" and "Dropping the Martian Ball," are illustrated by Michael Carroll whose artwork has flown in space.

I only have a few copies left. Order for $10 plus $7 shipping.(Two copies ship for the same price as one.)

Callahan Kids, $10 each for pickup in Houston:
Callahan Kids, $10 plus $7 shipping ($17 total):

Space and Astronomy: Decade by Decade

Space & Astronomy
Space and Astronomy is a (library bound) history of space and astronomy is one volume of the 20th Century Science series. It is a reference text that can also be used for teaching, reports, and fact-checking. It includes timelines of major events and profiles of the scientists who made them.

I only have a few copies left for $40 plus $7 shipping if not picked up locally in Houston.

Space & Astronomy, $40 each for pickup in Houston:
Space & Astronomy, $40 plus $7 S&H ($50 total):

Girls Save the Day

Girls Save the Day
All stories in this book feature girls saving the day. My story, "On the Way to Broken Bow," is about a handicapped girl who focuses on what she can do when faced with landing a small plane. I use this story to role-play an emergency aircraft landing for Girl Scouts earning their aviation badges. It is based on the true story of a native American girl flown by Angel Flight.

Order Girls Save the Day signed by Dyson for $8 plus $7 shipping for one or two copies. (Two copies ship for the same price as one, so order one "Houston pickup" and one with shipping for every two copies.) International customers, use "Houston" option and figure shipping below

Girls Save the Day, $8 for pickup in Houston:
Girls Save the Day, $8, plus $7 S&H ($15 total):


Select books using the "Houston" delivery options above. All books will be shipped using United States Flat Fee envelopes or boxes. The number of books that will fit in one envelope is limited by thickness and length, not weight since the envelopes can hold up to 4 pounds and the boxes up to 20. The envelopes (12.5" x 9.5") cost $25 to $45, depending on the country. Two of any of the children's books or the Fly Me to the Moon collection will fit in one envelope except Home on the Moon. (One Welcome to Mars and one Space Station Science will fit for example.) Only one copy of Space & Astronomy or A Passion for Space will fit in an envelope, but one of the smaller children's books may also go in the same envelope. (One Welcome to Mars and one Passion for Space will just barely fit!)

Note: Home on the Moon will not fit a flat fee envelope and must go in a padded envelope or large box. The cost varies by country. (A flat fee box that can hold up to 8 copies is $62.) Please send email to discuss shipping options BEFORE ordering this book.

Please prepay $25 for international shipping for one to two books. If the actual cost turns out to be less by more than five dollars, I will refund the difference to you. If it is more than $30, I will send you a note to ask for additional payment.

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Coming Fall 2018!

To the Moon and Back

To the Moon and Back is due out in September at a retail price of $32.00.Preorder now from Amazon.

Passion for Space

Order ebook (usually cheaper on Springer than Amazon), or individual chapters from Springer.

Order from Amazon:

Fly Me to the Moon

Receive a 10 percent discount on print copies: enter this 8-digit code: FHKGHV2K on. CreateSpace.

The book is also available in print or eBook formats on Amazon.

Callahan Kids

GOING OP at the end of August 2018! Receive a 10 percent discount on print copies: enter this 8-digit code: 488RKZ5V on. CreateSpace.

The book is available in print or eBook formats on Amazon.

Dyson's Space Poems

Not available in print form! This is a collection of my poems about spacecraft, aliens, and physics, previously published in Analog, Aboriginal, Starline, and Mindsparks science fiction magazines from 1992 to 2000, plus a sonnet created by Science Fiction Poetry Association members on GEnie in 1993.

Order via Amazon: Dyson's Space Poems for Kindle.

Science Fiction Versus the Real Thing

What is it REALLY like to be weightless? This collection of three feature articles reprinted from Ad Astra and Analog Science Fiction answer this question in detail. I personally experienced hypoxia in a hyperbaric chamber at NASA’s Johnson Space Center; and 40 trials of freefall and 2 g’s, plus one each of lunar and Martian gravity via NASA’s "Vomit Comet." Includes more than 30 color photos.


This anthology, edited by Dave Creek, includes my story, "The Breath of Mars," and stories by Mary A. Turzillo, Arlan Andrews, Sr., Maya Kaathryn Bohrhoff, Martin L. Shoemaker, Brad R. Torgersen, Bud Sparhawk, Jay Werkheiser, and John F. Allen.

Touching the Face of the Cosmos

This anthology, edited by Paul Levinson, includes my story "The Right of Interference" that explores what happens to the "prime directive" if there is a Prime Director. A familiarity with Christianity may be required to appreciate the humor in this story.

Christian Science Fiction

The Eat My Martian Dust, an anthology for Christian kids, edited by Michael Carroll and Robert Elmer, was published in 2005 & is out of print, so I reprinted my 2 stories on Kindle. In "The Right Path," a teenage girl must set a good example for an arrogant young man performing a Kuk Sool martial arts demonstration on the Moon. In "Zeus's Eagle," a boy's tolerance and faith are tested by his new Martian friends.


Right Path-Zeus's Eagle for Kindle

Print book includes stories by Kathy Tyers, Jim Denney, Sigmund Brouwer, Randall Ingermanson, Shane Johnson, and John B. Olson.

Eat My Martian Dust is out of print

Homework Help

Published by Scholastic in 2000, the book is out of print, & out of date, but might interest researchers. Read more about Homework Help on the Internet.

Stars and Galaxies

Stars and Galaxies was book 8 of Scholastic’s Space University series which is out of print. See Stars & Galaxies for more about the 12-book series.

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