Marianne J. Dyson


Dyson at Comicpalooza, 2017.
Dyson at Comicpalooza, Houston, 2017.
Photo by Dyson.


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Please contact me by email to inquire about my availability for future appearances. This list does not include all events.

  • July 10. Fort Worth Public Library virtual Tour of the Moon.


    I am a member of the organizations listed below that support writers and space enthusiasts. I offer discounts on appearances to events, meetings, conferences, and fundraisers sponsored or hosted by these groups. Please contact me by email to discuss specific events and arrangements.

    Space-Related Organizations

    Space professionals and enthusiasts alike should join the National Space Society! NSS publishes Ad Astra and reviews space-related books, holds an annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC), and has chapters and affiliated organizations all over the world. I founded the Clear Lake Area NSS and Moon Society chapter, am a former officer, director, and currently on the Board of Advisors.

    Let's give our children the Moon! Join the Moon Society and help make that happen through local and national events like their recent virtual conference. I was one of the original members of this group and remain a member and Moon enthusiast.

    The Moon, Mars, the Stars and everything in between are explored by the awesome Planetary Society of which I am a member. Members receive the excellent Planetary Report magazine every other month which includes star charts and details of what to look for in the sky--a great incentive to go out, look up, and be inspired. Their website has tons of cool space images and you can subscribe to a free weekly newsletter about the planets.

    For historical data and photos of flight controllers, please visit the Manned Spaceflight Operations Association of which I am a member. Complete lists of team rosters are maintained there. (Only former flight controllers can join this organization), but they sometimes sponsor/host events that can be attended by the public.

    NASA JSC retirees can be contacted through the NASA Alumni League-JSC Chapter of which I am a member. Only former NASA employees can join this organization, but they sponsor/host events that can be attended by the public.

    An amazing FaceBook group called Space Hipsters is a great place to ask questions and find experts on just about any and every space topic. I am a button-wearing member of this group.

    Writers' Organizations

    If you are or plan to be a professional science fiction or fantasy writer, I recommend joining the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Members choose the winners of the Nebula Awards, sponsor/host events and book signings at science fiction conventions, receive an informational Bulletin, share book launches, and have access to a private online discussion forum and free copies of nominated stories and books. I am a life member.

    If you are or aspire to write or illustrate children's books, your success is practically guaranteed by joining the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Chapters are available in all states and many countries around the world. SCBWI publishes an informational Bulletin and sponsors two annual conferences. Chapters sponsor local conferences that allow members to submit to professional houses and agents that are otherwise closed to them. Chapters form critique circles to help local members (make friends and) improve their craft. I am a member of the Houston SCBWI chapter, and winner of the Golden Kite Award given by this group.

    Houston area Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers have a friendly local Meetup, though the pandemic has suspended in-person meetings. Look for our group on Houston SFF FaceBook,.

    Houston/Clear Lake writers of all genres should join theBay Area Writers League (BAWL).

    If you write science fiction (or science fact articles), I encourage you to subscribe to Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine and check out the quality free content on their website. I inherited my Uncle's copies going back to when it was called Astounding and have been a subscriber my entire adult life. A lot of Analog fans and writers (including me) are members of the Analog FaceBook group.

    A group of science fiction writers who are also scientists, called SIGMA is a Think Tank that offers volunteer and paid consulting/advising to the United States government and appropriate NGOs on topics of new technologies and their possible impacts on the economy, war,-fighting, conflict prevention, society, civilization, and survival. SIGMA sometimes hosts panels at science fiction and space or military conferences/meetings that are open to the public. I am a member of this group.

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