Launch Pad


“Mankind is finally coming up against the limits of the physical world.”

     – From “Doppler Shift,” by Matthew S. Rotundo

But the imaginations of the writers within these pages reach far beyond those boundaries. The Launch Pad Astronomy Seminar aims to bring more hard science into science fiction. Here are twelve stories that look into our future and find humor, pathos, grand determination and genuine courage, by some of the most creative writers in science fiction today, all veterans of the Launch Pad program.

introduction by Kevin R. Grazier, Phd
with stories by:
Geoffrey Landis
Matthew Kressel
Mike Brotherton
Mary Turzillo
Jay Lake
Tiffany Trent
Jake Kerr
Michael Kurland
Sandra McDonald
Doug Farren
Matthew Rotundo
Jody Lynn Nye