Congratulations to Author Fred Ledley

Sputnik's ChildThe Space Foundation has recognized Fred Ledley’s first novel Sputnik’s Child as a Certified Space Imagination Product(TM). The novel recalls the events that shaped the ideas and lives of the baby boom generation and laid the groundwork for an age of technology and its challenges. It explores how a generation was inspired by the Apollo missions to the Moon, the drama of Apollo 13 and the tragedy of Space Shuttle Challenger. Told through the eyes of a woman born the day Sputnik was launched in 1957, the story follows her from childhood through the “Age of Aquarius,” a time of social malaise, the “Me” decade and years of irrational exuberance to experience both the full potential of a technological age and its unfulfilled promise.

“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.” said Iian Roberts, Vice President – education, Space Foundation.

Sputnik’s Child is available in paperback and electronic editions from, online retailers and by request at bookstores.You can learn more about Fred and his book on his website, and you can read the full announcement on the Space Foundation’s website here.[subscribe2]

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8 thoughts on “Congratulations to Author Fred Ledley”

  1. Kat,

    Thanks for this post. I had run into a piece on Fred's book a while back and totally forgot about it. I'm off to get it as we speak.

    I grew up in the Apollo era, my Dad worked at the Cape. I wrote a quick piece about the end of the Shuttle program after going back to Cocoa Beach to witness the last shuttle launch with my three year-old.….

    Great work Fred.

    1. What a great blog about your experiences. I posted it to my wall on Facebook. If you like the book, please consider posting a review that shares some of your personal experiences on Amazon.


  2. At lot of folks knock space exploration as a waste of resources … to me it is something we do as a nation that is constructive in a positive, unique, and creative way … if we can explore space, we can do anything … like, solve world hunger. Good concept for a novel.

  3. Chris,

    Great comment. Your sense that "…if we can explore space, we can do anything… like, solve world hunger." is certainly one of the lessons that many people have drawn from the space program. This becomes the motivating force, eventually a faith, for Jackie (the protagonist), as is has for many others.

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