a novel by

Fred Ledley

Sputnik’s Child by Fred Ledley Recalls Events that

Shaped Baby Boomers and Age of Technology

Proceeds Support Space Foundation Educational Programs to

Inspire New Generation of Explorers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., and WALTHAM, Mass. (Nov. 28, 2011) – Fred Ledley’s first novel, Sputnik’s Child, 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. Proceeds from sales of the novel, which was released this month, are being donated to the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation for educational programs to inspire a new generation of explorers.


Sputnik’s Child tells the story of a girl born in October 1957, the day that Sputnik was launched. It is Jackie’s story and the history of a generation that found faith in the promise of technologies that could transport men to the Moon and picture Earth as it might appear to God. Jackie and her friends come of age in the 1960s, frightened by riots and wars, but also inspired by the civil rights movement, Woodstock and the exploration of space.


For Jackie, the image of astronauts orbiting and walking on the Moon gives her confidence that the frightful problems on Earth can be solved, and she achieves personal and professional success communicating the promise of the emerging age of technology. But when her daughter is diagnosed with a disease that has no known cause or cure, Jackie is confronted with a crisis of faith.

“Writing this book was like rediscovering everything that happened to shape and inspire our generation,” said Fred Ledley, the book’s author and a professor at Bentley University. “It seemed right to donate the proceeds from this book to the Space Foundation to support their mission of inspiring the next generation.”


“Readers of this engaging novel will relive the emotions they felt hearing the Apollo astronauts read Genesis from lunar orbit, watching men walk on the lunar surface and witnessing the tragedy of Challenger and they’ll recall how these experiences shaped their identities and ideas,” said Iain Probert, vice president – education for the Space Foundation. “By donating the proceeds of this book to support our many educational programs, Fred Ledley is helping another generation share in these experiences.”

The novel is also recognized by the Space Foundation as a Certified Space Imagination ProductTM, part of the Space Foundation’s Space Certification ProgramTM. This designation is given to 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.


Sputnik’s 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).


About the author

Fred 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, heprovides 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 heteaches biology, management and futurism.


About Bentley University

Bentley 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 .


About Space Certification

Space 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.

About the Space Foundation and Space Foundation Education Programs

The Space Foundation is an international, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry. Founded in 1983, it is a leader in space awareness activities, space-related research and analyses and major industry events, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." The Space Foundation is building the next generation of space leaders and improving the overall quality of education through teacher, student and community programs that integrate space into the classroom to improve students’ interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). See www.SpaceFoundation.org/educationHeadquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C.office and has field representatives in Texas and Florida.  For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.orgor follow the Space Foundation on Twitter,Facebook, LinkedIn or YouTube.




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