What they are saying about Sputnik's Child
"I enjoyed reading your book, which sent me down memory lane
and got me calling old childhood friends to remember what our lives were like
as Jackie was growing up. The fact that the family trauma was not neatly tied up in a bow impressed me, because families living with chronic disease, or any disease, do not always have happy endings." Leann Simons, author: At Peace with Food . www.atpeacewithfood.com
inspriing journey! Ledley maps the scientific stories of our era onto a
compelling story of a child's growth into adulthood. The space program,
the Internet, and the human genome project - and their, personal, social and
cultural connections - serve as context for this heart-warming story of
Jackie's triumphs and tragedies, her drive and inspiration, her human story
played out in our scientfic world. A great read." - Dan Barstow, science educator,
former President of Challenger Center for Space Science Education
novel underscores the power of space exploration to inspire an entire generation
with hope in the face of great challenges. 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.” - Kevin Cook, director – space awareness programs, Space Foundation
“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." - Iian Roberts, Vice President - education, Space Foundation.
"Jackie, Steve, Katie, Stevie and Stephanie: their verisimilitude is palatable, I was absorbed into their lives. … Their lives were not perfect, and the book does not have thankfully the "happily ever after" feel. It ends, yet it doesn't. Anyone reading this will find themselves pulling for the best for oldest child Katie, suffering in the story from the real-life autoimmune ITP disease. … A highly recommended, enjoyable and entertaining read whose proceeds go to benefit the nonprofit Space Foundation." - Review on COOL PHYSICS See complete review here
“Fred Ledley combines both his love of writing and medicine in his novel Sputnik's Child."- Georgetown in the News
“I very much enjoyed reading your beautiful novel that so eloquently captures the hope and turmoil, joys and disappointments of our lifetime. You have written a moving and inspiring novel, with vivid characters set on a poignant tableau. My father worked for NASA for 47 years, and, like Jackie, I had also been certain that moon colonies and excursions to Mars would be a part of our adult lives. How sad that the dreams and hopes of a generation have been dashed by the human dark ages that we may not have completely escaped." - Yolanda Pascal, author of The Zygan Emprise (link) as well as Dead Air and Devil Wind (as Linda Reid)
this book was like rediscovering everything that happened to shape and inspire
our generation." - Fred Ledley, author of Sputnik's Child.
Sputnik's Child in the news
THOUGHTFUL REFLECTIONS - June 5, 2012: Fred Ledley was interviewed by Sylvia L. Ramsey about his book Sputnik's Child and the creative process of writing this book.Read the interview here.
CONGRATULATIONS TO AUTHOR FRED LEDLEY - Indies Unlimited February 14, 2012: The Space Foundation's recognition of Sputnik's Child as a Certified Space Imagination Product is highlighted by Indies Unlimited. Indies unlimited is a site celebrating independent authors. Read the post and join the conversation about the book now
GEORGETOWN IN THE NEWS: - February 6, 2012: Sputnik's Child is featured in an article about Fred Ledley, which highlights his medical and research background and the themes of the book.
Med School Alumnus Researches Gene Therapy, Writes Novel
FRED LEDLEY on WMBR "Radio with a View" - January 8, 2012: Fred Ledley joined host Marc Stern for a wide-ranging interview on WMBR's "Radio with a View" on Sunday, January 8, 2012. The interview touched on many of the major themes of Sputnik's Child ranging from the divergent paths taken by members of the baby boom generation, to the nature of our faith in science and the place of science in society. Listen to the podcast now
PRESS RELEASE - December 1, 2011: Space Foundation Recognizes Sputnik’s Child by Bentley University Professor Fred Ledley as a Certified Space Imagination Product
From: SPACE WATCH - December 1, 2011: Sputnik's Child is Certified Space Imagination ProductBook Sales will Benefit Space Foundation Education Programs
PRESS RELEASE - November 28, 2011: 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.
PRESS RELEASE - November 28, 2011: Space Foundation Recognizes Sputnik’s Child by Fred Ledley as a Certified Space Imagination Product. Story by Bentley University Professor Recalls How Space Exploration Inspired a Generation.
From: EXAMINER.COM - September 15, 2011: Space Foundation is giving away prizes to answer a space surveY. Among these prizes is an autographed first edition copy of Sputnik's Child, a novel by Fred Ledley.
June 20, 2012. Fred Ledley spoke about Sputnik's Child at a book signing as part of the BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organiation) International Exposition in Boston. For more information April 19, 2012. Fred Ledley hosted a book signing at the National Space Symposium sponsored by the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs. For more information March 22, 2012. Fred Ledley presented a program titled "Where were you in the summer of 1969" based on his novel Sputnik's Child at the Wellesley Free Library. For more information
March 11, 2012. Indies Unlimited posted a "sneak-peak" at a climatic scene from the novel. Check it out here
January 27, 2012. Fred Ledley joined Dr. Roger Launius, Senior Curator, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum, and George Fishman, Senior Lecturer, Bentley University and Space Science Teacher Liaison of the Space Foundation, in a workshop title “The Sputnik Moment, then and now” at the American Association of Colleges & Universities national meeting in Washington D.C.. Amidst calls for a new “Sputnik Moment” to galvanize the American body politic to respond to contemporary problems, this presentation explored the first “Sputnik Moment” and how it shaped America. For more information
January 8, 2012. Fred Ledley joined host Marc Stern for a wide-ranging interview on WMBR's "Radio with a View" on Sunday, January 8, 2012. The interview touched on many of the major themes of Sputnik's Child ranging from the divergent paths taken by members of the baby boom generation, to the nature of our faith in science and the place of science in society. listen to the podcast now