December 16, 2013
I started 7th grade in San Diego in 1954. Schools were sharing buildings in those days - my Jr. High had AM hours, and the Sr. High had PM hours. With both parents working, my afternoons were lonely and boring. I went to the library one day and found "Space Cadet" by Heinlein. Hallelujah! I became a sci-fi lifer (must have read 40 or 50 books that year). I saw Sputnik in the sky. I saw the moon landing on TV. I've watched it all - the highlight being 2001:A Space Odyssey. I'm a programmer - I never would have created Hal with those problems!
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.