SPRINGS, Colo., and WALTHAM, Mass. (Nov. 28, 2011) –The Space Foundation has recognized
Fred Ledley’s first novel, Sputnik’s
Child, as a Certified Space Imagination ProductTM, and Ledley
has pledged to donate profits from the sale of the book to support Space
Foundation education programs.
The novel, which was released this
month, recalls the events that shaped the ideas and lives of the baby boom
generation and laid the groundwork for an age of technology and its challenges.
It explores how a generation was inspired by the Apollo missions to the Moon, the drama of Apollo 13 and the tragedy of Space Shuttle Challenger. Told through the eyes of a woman born the day Sputnik
was launched in 1957, the story follows her from childhood through the “Age of
Aquarius,”a time of social malaise, the “Me” decade and years of irrational
exuberance to experience both the full potential of a technological age and its
Certified Space Imagination ProductsTM,
part of the Space Foundation’s Space Certification ProgramTM, are entertainment
products, books, games or toys that increase interest in and excitement for
space and inspire new generations to take an active interest in space.
“This novel underscores the power of
space exploration to inspire an entire generation with hope in the face of
great challenges,” said Kevin Cook, director – space awareness programs for the
Space Foundation. “In a time when many are looking for a new ‘Sputnik Moment’ to
galvanize a public response to contemporary problems, Sputnik’s Child revisits the phenomenal impact space exploration
has had on our society.”
“Our students today have not had the
experience of listening as the Apollo astronauts
read Genesis from orbit around the Moon, watching as human footprints were
stamped on its surface or crying when the promise of Challenger was lost,” said Fred Ledley, author of Sputnik’s Child and a professor at
Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.“The work of the Space Foundation helps ensure
that their generation is inspired the way we were.
“It is a special honor to have this
novel recognized as a Certified Space Imagination Product and to donate
proceeds from the book to the educational programs of the Space Foundation.”
Child is available in
paperback and electronic editions from online retailers and by request at bookstores.
To purchase, find out more about the book or get involved in the conversation, visit www.sputnikschild.com or
Facebook (Sputniks Child).
CertificationTM products and services are guaranteed to effectively
promote the value of space utilization or to have stemmed from or been improved
by technologies developed for space exploration. Comprising three categories - Certified
Technology Products, Certified Educational Products and Certified Imagination
Products – the program is administered by the Space Foundation to provide a unique
marketing edge for partners, demonstrate how space technologies improve life on
Earth and make space more accessible to everyone. The Space Certification
program is complemented by the Space Foundation’s Space Technology Hall of
Fame®, a scholarly recognition program that honors extraordinary space
technologies that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. For more information go to more information, go to www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org or www.SpaceCertification.org.
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activities, space-related research and analyses and major industry events, all
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Ledley is an accomplished physician, scientist, entrepreneur and member of the
baby boom generation. He has written extensively on topics ranging from biology
and medicine to philosophy, ethics, education and the sense of wonder. In his
first novel, Sputnik’s Child, he
provides a human perspective on the ideas that influenced his generation and
the faith that will inform the future. Ledley is a professor and the Chair of
the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Bentley University, where he
teaches biology, management and futurism.
University is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to
preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills,
broad global perspective and high ethical standards required to make a
difference in an ever-changing world. Bentley’s rich, diverse arts and sciences
program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed
professionals to make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic
New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of
leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. For more information, visit www.bentley.edu .
Janet P. Stevens,
APR, Vice President – Marketing &
S. Hively, Manager - Communications
of Public and Media Relations