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  Marianne J Dyson

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Author of SPACE STATION SCIENCE (second edition, Windward, 2004) and HOME ON THE MOON (National Geographic, 2003), and SPACE & ASTRONOMY (Facts On File, 2007). Available for school visits, technical and science consulting, and professional editing of publications.

Background Information

Marianne Dyson went from being one of the first women flight controllers for NASA to writing children's books about space. She has three books with Scholastic, one with National Geographic, and one with Facts On File, and has stories in multiple anthologies. She has a degree in physics and serves as technical consultant and reviewer for several publishers. She also teaches astronomy part-time to middle-school students. Read some of her work for free through her website:

Birth Place
Canton, OH 

Dyson's book, Home on the Moon, won the 2004 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award in the children's category. This award consists of a $3,000 prize, an inscribed Windsor chair, and a certificate. Her first book, Space Station Science (Scholastic, 1999/Windsor 2004), won the Golden Kite Award for best nonfiction children's book of 1999. The National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council named it an Outstanding Trade Book for 2000, and it made Booklist's Top Ten list of youth science books. An updated second edition is now available in paperback. Dyson is also the author of Homework Help on the Internet (Scholastic, 2000) and The Space Explorers Guide to Stars & Galaxies (Scholastic's Space University series, 2004), and Space and Astronomy: Decade by Decade (2007). Her short fiction has been published in Analog Science Fiction magazine, Girls to the Rescue #7 (Meadowbrook Press, 2000), and Eat My Martian Dust (Baker, 2005). She has been a frequent contributor to Odyssey magazine.

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Please visit Marianne's home page ( to check for her latest publications, appearances, activities for kids, book reviews and recommendations. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Marianne Dyson's Home Page
Looking for an author to visit your school or speak at your conference? Marianne Dyson is an experienced and enthusiastic speaker who has appeared on C-SPAN2 and RIF. Details about her books, rates, and activities are on her website, plus hands-on activities for kids.

Science in Kids' Books
The Moon does not have a dark side, and there is gravity in space! A former NASA flight controller and children's author reviews children's space & science fiction books for accuracy.

4Frontiers Authors
What would it be like to live on Mars? Find out in The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars, an anthology for middle-school readers created by science fiction writers and a team of engineers at 4Frontiers Corporation. The stories take place at Bradbury Base, a realistic Mars settlement that is full of surprises for the first kids growing up there. The nine original tales in the book are beautifully illustrated by Michael Carroll whose artwork has flown in space. Contributors include Hugo-winning author Ben Bova, young adult authors Jim Denney and Rebecca Rowe, artist Phil Smith, former NASA flight controller Marianne Dyson, space scientist Brian Enke, and aerospace engineer Tom Hill. Proceeds will support educational projects to promote the human settlement of the space frontier (by the kids who read this book!).

Space Activities
Make a space drink, build scale models of the planets, a gravity detector, or play a "solar system" live game.

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