Marianne J. Dyson

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Thank you for ordering autographed copies my books! Note, taxes/fees are included in the prices. I offer FREE shipping for Fly Me to the Moon. Shipping for all other books is currently (2021) $8.70 for one or two books except To the Moon & Back which is large and costs $16.25 for one to three copies. If you buy one or more of each of two different books, I will refund your excess postage charges. The cost of international shipping may exceed the price of the book, so please contact me by email (AuthorDyson at gmail) to get a quote and payment instructions.

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Up in Space

Up in Space

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. You will receive an email notification from me of when to expect copies to arrive.

Order PAPERBACK edition autographed copies of Up in Space for $10 each including taxes. Note shipping is by media mail, and is the same price ($4) for one or two copies.

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Shuttle Mission Control

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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.

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A Passion for Space

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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.

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Fly Me to the Moon and Other Stories

Fly Me to the Moon
Fly Me to the Moon is a collection of my previously published science fiction stories for adult readers. It opens with my first published story, Fireworks in Orbit, about a space shuttle crew's struggle to survive an explosion. The Critical Factor features a clone facing the end of the universe. The Pest Man is flash fiction for Halloween. Virtually Correct focuses on racial profiling. The Shape of Things to Come shows how cuteness favors survival. A Solution to the Orbital Debris Problem results from misinterpretations. Fly Me to the Moon has a young man help an Alzheimer's patient save a woman stranded on the Moon. Space Bugs uses microbes to get NASA funding. In Europa's Survivors, a terminal cancer patient fills her final days with meaningful research. Read more on my Fiction page.

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

Though written at an adult reading level, all content is fine for teens.

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Welcome to the Moon

Welcome to the Moon

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 ShareSpace's Giant Moon Map.

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To the Moon and Back

To the Moon and Back

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.

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Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet

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.

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Space Station Science: Life in Freefall

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.

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Anthologies/Books Containing My Work

Some of my short stories are included in anthologies with similar stories by other authors that you might find fun to read. I don't get royalties from sales of these anthologies, but I do get a few cents credit from Amazon as a "finders fee" if you use my links below to purchase a copy--and it doesn't cost you any extra. So check out some of the wonderful works by my fellow SF authors and thanks for using my links!


This anthology, edited by Dave Creek, includes my novella, "The Breath of Mars," which is NOT included in my Fly Me to the Moon collection. 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.

Touching the Face of the Cosmos

This 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. This story is NOT included in my Fly Me to the Moon collection. A familiarity with Christianity may be required to appreciate the humor in this story.

The Eagle Has Landed

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


Other Works by Dyson

NOTE: A relatively complete list of my publications, fiction and nonfiction, long and short form, is on my BIBLIOGRAPHY page. Some items can be found online via searching on the title or my name on Google or Amazon. Thanks for using the links in this column which generate a small credit for me to use on Amazon.

Dyson's Space Puzzles

Crossword & Word Find puzzles for adults & teens. Available only through Teachers Pay Teachers.

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.

Science Fiction Versus the Real Thing

What is it REALLY like to be weightless? This collection of three feature articles reprinted from Ad Astra and Analog Science Fiction answer this question in detail. I personally experienced hypoxia in a hyperbaric chamber at NASA's Johnson Space Center; and 40 trials of freefall and 2 gs, plus one each of lunar and Martian gravity via NASA's "Vomit Comet." Includes more than 30 color photos.

Eat My Martian Dust

The Eat My Martian Dust, an anthology for Christian kids, edited by Michael Carroll and Robert Elmer, was published in 2005 & is out of print, so I reprinted my 2 stories on Kindle. In "The Right Path," a teenage girl must set a good example for an arrogant young man performing a Kuk Sool martial arts demonstration on the Moon. In "Zeus's Eagle," a boy's tolerance and faith are tested by his new Martian friends.


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

Home on the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier

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.

I don't have any copies to mail out, so please order it from a book store or Amazon and bring it to an event if you want me to sign it.

Space and Astronomy: Decade by Decade

Space and Astronomy is a (library bound) history of space and astronomy is 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.

I no longer have copies to mail out, so please order this book from Amazon. Note, the eBook is not available via Amazon, and only sold to libraries by calling 1-800-322-8755.

Girls Save the Day

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All stories in Girls Save the Day feature girls saving the day. My story, "On the Way to Broken Bow," is about a handicapped girl who focuses on what she can do when faced with landing a small plane. I have used this story to role-play an emergency aircraft landing for Girl Scouts earning their aviation badges. It is based on the true story of a native American girl flown by Angel Flight. The book is not out-of-print.

Homework Help

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

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.

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Space Reading List

Want books with accurate science? Here are some nonfiction and science fiction books I recommend that are also fun to read.

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