Marianne J. Dyson

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Books by Marianne Dyson available on Amazon

Books for Adult Readers

Shuttle Mission Control

book by Marianne Dyson Shuttle Mission Control Shuttle Mission Control: Flight Controller Stories and Photos, 1981-1992 showcases twenty first-person accounts, illustrated with 150 images, of Space Shuttle controllers solving problems from dangerous pressure readings to the capture of slippery satellites. Read my Author's Note and view the TOC on my Shuttle page. Included are stories of multiple female flight controllers.

Shuttle eBook link

A Passion for Space

book by Marianne Dyson 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.

The eBook is sometimes cheaper on Springer than Amazon, and people with accounts can get discounts. Check Passion eBook from Springer versus from Amazon.

Fly Me to the Moon and Other Stories

book by Marianne DysonFly Me to the Moon When the only person with the knowledge to help you escape the Moon has Alzheimer's, you have a problem. In Fly Me to the Moon, characters deal with this and other problems, drawn from my experience as a NASA flight controller. Share journeys into diverse futures, where the reader experiences taking drastic actions during a spacewalk, making a life-changing discovery on Jupiter's moon, and contemplating if the life of a cloned human is worth saving at the end of the universe. Participate in adventures and unravel thought experiments in racial profiling, misinterpretations of data, and a fear of bugs in this unique collection of my stories previously published in Analog and other magazines over three decades. Read more on my Science Fiction page.

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

Available as print or Fly Me eBook from Amazon.

Space and Astronomy: Decade by Decade

Space and Astronomy Space and Astronomy: Decade by Decade is a (library bound) history of space and astronomy and 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. Unfortunately, the eBook version of Space and Astronomy was only sold to libraries. Libraries can order it by calling InfoBase at 1-800-322-8755.

See Space & Astronomy for more information.

Books for Children

Up in Space

book by Marianne Dyson Up in Space: we built a station introduces the International Space Station to children through a rhyming story illustrated with full-color photographs. Photo captions offer extra details for parents and advanced readers. Three hands-on activities plus glossary and index included. Available in paperback and hardback formats.

Up in Space Ingram link for $5 off hardcover until June 3, 2024.

Up in Space Paperback Amazon link

Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet

book by Marianne Dyson Welcome to Mars Coauthored with Apollo 11 Moonwalker, Buzz Aldrin, and named a 2016 Outstanding Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association and 2017 Best STEM Book!

Welcome to Mars has a Free Educator's Guide.

Welcome to Mars Amazon link

Welcome to the Moon

book by Marianne Dyson A new generation of pioneers are headed to the Moon! This briefing book is packed with stuff they need to know such as: 1) How the Moon formed, how it moves, and what previous human and robotic explorers discovered; 2) What resources and features the Moon offers today, revealed through new scientific maps and missions; 3) The challenges of transporting crew and cargo to the Moon, and; 4) The value of the Moon and its resources in creating a future without limits for all of humanity! Designed by Lindsey Cousins, Foreword by Andrew Aldrin and cover art by Apollo astronaut Alan Bean. Welcome to the Moon is targeted for middle school students and up. Classroom sets are included with Aldrin Family Foundation's Giant Moon Map. Books available in hardback and Welcome to the Moon eBook from Amazon.

To the Moon and Back

book by Marianne Dyson In celebration of the Apollo 11 Mission's 50th Anniversary, experience the awe and excitement of humankind's first steps on the Moon! In this exclusive, exquisite pop-up adventure, readers follow astronaut Buzz Aldrin's story as he encounters the "magnificent desolation" of Earth's only satellite firsthand. Paper engineer Bruce Foster and author Marianne Dyson put Aldrin's firsthand accounts of his training and experiences into historical context with stunning images and stories. Aldrin's daughter added her unique personal perspectives. Visit Buzz Books to learn more about the creation of this book. To the Moon pop up Amazon link

Home on the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier

book by Marianne Dyson 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.

Home on the Moon Amazon link

Space Station Science: Life in Freefall

book by Marianne Dyson 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/Finney which was bought by Rowan & Littleton, this book is loaded with hands-on activities, and I created a writing exercise to go with it. I no longer have copies for autographing, but it is still available via Amazon.

Stars & Galaxies

Stars & Galaxies was book 8 of Scholastic's Space University series which is now out of print. Each book came with a "space case" experiment box, so if you order it used, be sure to check for that. Order used copies from Amazon using the link: Stars and Galaxies Used Copies

Homework Help

book by Marianne Dyson Homework Help on the Internet, published by Scholastic in 2000, is out of print and out of date, but might interest researchers.

Space Reading List

Want books with accurate science? Here are some nonfiction and science fiction books I recommended some years ago to my middle-school astronomy students.

Short Works

NOTE: Additional publications including my work are listed on my BIBLIOGRAPHY page.

Earth/Moon Workbook

Modeling Space directions for parents/teachers and space-themed Crossword & Word Find puzzles to print out for under $5. Also free and inexpensive STEM activities to download. Available only through Teachers Pay Teachers.

Ride the Vomit Comet!

What is "zero g" like on a parabolic flight? I personally experienced 40 trials of freefall and 2 gs, plus one each of lunar and Martian gravity via NASA's "Vomit Comet" plus hypoxia in a hyperbaric chamber at NASA's Johnson Space Center. I share it all (with photos), even my bout with spacesickness via three articles reprinted in this little eBook on Amazon.

Science Fiction Versus the Real Thing.

Dyson's Space Poems

Dyson's Space Poems for Kindle 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.

For Christian Kids

My stories: "The Right Path," about a girl setting a good example for an arrogant young man during a martial arts demo on the Moon; and "Zeus's Eagle," about a boy's tolerance and faith being tested by his new Martian friends were published in an anthology, Eat My Martian Dust, edited by Michael Carroll and Robert Elmer and is out of print. So I turned them into an Amazon eBook for Christian Kids.

Right Path-Zeus's Eagle for Kindle

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

Used Eat My Martian Dust

A Prime Director?

Touching the Face of the Cosmos 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.

Mars Story

This anthology, edited by Dave Creek, includes my novella, "The Breath of Mars." The book also contains 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.

Flash Fiction

Two anthologies for reading on "the throne"! All stories are under 2000 words. My story Virtually Correct (SF) is about unintended consequences of racial profiling, and Pest Man (fantasy), is a good one for Halloween.

Apollo Stories

This anthology, edited by Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld, contains my novelette, Fly Me to the Moon. Order The Eagle Has Landed from Amazon.

Girls Save the Day

My story, "On the Way to Broken Bow," features a handicapped girl who must land a small plane. This story can be used to role-play an emergency aircraft landing for Girl Scouts earning their aviation badges. The character is based on the true story of a native American girl flown by Angel Flight. The story was reprinted in Best of Girls Save the Day, but is out of print. Best of Girls Save the Day Used Copies


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