Guest Blog: Rebecca Green on Deep Space Communication

Rebecca Green is the Assistant to the Dean in Schmid College of Science at Technology at Chapman University, where the Lofty Duo work. We’ve been on task teams with Rebecca and know her to be a space nerd through and through. So we’re happy to share her family vacation story. This summer, I was fortunate enough to include a day trip to the Canberra Deep … Continue reading Guest Blog: Rebecca Green on Deep Space Communication

5 Things that Were True About Phil Dick, a Personal Reminiscence

    GUEST POST BY JAMES P. BLAYLOCK Writer Philip K. Dick was born on December 16, 1928. Eleven films have been based on his books, including Blade Runner and Minority Report. Our colleague Jim Blaylock, steampunk legend and author of Homunculus and the ongoing Langdon St. Ives series, was a friend of PKD. He shares his personal reminiscence here as our guest blogger.   Phil came up with … Continue reading 5 Things that Were True About Phil Dick, a Personal Reminiscence

Guest Blog: Claire Robinson May

We just never know whom we’re going to find for our next guest post. Today, we’re featuring the granddaughter of Kenneth T. Bainbridge, the director of the Trinity nuclear test. This guest post is a great complement to our In the Footsteps series, which you can find HERE. Claire Robinson May is a playwright in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA) program. Her … Continue reading Guest Blog: Claire Robinson May

Guest Blog: Daniel Lewis

At the end of last year, we wrote about the Huntington Library‘s “Beautiful Science” exhibit HERE. That exhibit was curated by Daniel Lewis, Chief Curator of Manuscripts (History of Science, Medicine, and Technology) and today’s guest blogger. If you can’t get to the Huntington Library yourself, you can watch a YouTube lecture about the exhibit by Lewis HERE. Daniel Lewis is the author of the … Continue reading Guest Blog: Daniel Lewis

Catching Up with Endeavour

Usually, we have a guest blogger on the first Monday of the month, but we just had a busy week at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference where we shared the nuclear-focused part of Lofty Ambitions. Today, we’re catching up with the space-focused part of what we’re up to. This morning, NASA posted an overview of their plans to get Discovery, Endeavour, and … Continue reading Catching Up with Endeavour

Lofty Ambitions at AWP

We’re really excited that both of us are presenting at The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference this year and that our presentations are directly related to what we do at Lofty Ambitions. CLICK TO READ LOFTY POSTS HIGHLIGHTING AWP PRESENTERS: December 19: Kristen Iversen, author of the forthcoming Full Body Burden January 16: Jeff Porter, author of Oppenheimer Is Watching Me February 8: In … Continue reading Lofty Ambitions at AWP

Guest Blog: Tom Zoellner

Today, we feature our colleague Tom Zoellner. He’s part of Anna’s panel called “Fallout & Facts: Creative Nonfiction in the Nuclear Age. Check out the rest of the panelists in our other recent guest posts: KRISTEN IVERSEN, JEFF PORTER, and M. G. LORD. And if you’re at AWP, join us for the panel on Friday, March 2, at 1:30p.m. Tom’s latest book is A Safeway … Continue reading Guest Blog: Tom Zoellner

Guest Blog: M. G. Lord

M. G. Lord  is a cultural critic, journalist, and the author of Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll, Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science, and The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice.  Since 1995, she has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Arts & … Continue reading Guest Blog: M. G. Lord

Remembering Challenger, Making Connections

On this date in 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded on ascent, only 73 seconds after lifting off the ground at 11:38a.m., after being hit by the biggest wind shear an orbiter had recorded. Two space shuttle astronauts celebrated birthdays that day. John M. Fabian was born in 1939 and flew two shuttle missions, the first of which was Challenger’s second flight. He was in … Continue reading Remembering Challenger, Making Connections