Broadcast 1881 (Special Edition)

24 Oct 2012 Jackie Kingon
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Guest: Jackie Kingon. Topic: We discuss Ms. Kingon's new book, "Chocolate Chocolate Moons" which is a humorous mystery on the Moon & Mars. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies. We welcomed Jackie Kingon to the show to discuss her new and very funny book, "Chocolate Chocolate Moons." Jackie's website for more information as well as the articles discussed near the end of the program is at www.jackiekingon.com. To order the book from Amazon & to have Amazon make a donation to The Space Show/OGLF, please use http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Moons-Jackie-Kingon/dp/1477561803/ref=on... or http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Moons-ebook/dp/B00954NGNK/ref=onegiantlea20. In our first segment, Ms. Kingon talked about why she wrote the book and the influences upon her from the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. She explained her focus on eating, food, culinary treats, & more. We read some passages & discussed the characters, especially Molly Marbles, the main character. We talked about obese people going to the Moon to weigh 1/6th of what they do on Earth but they still look obese. Molly is 287 lbs on Earth but only 47.6 lbs. on the Moon. Molly gets to the Moon by winning a Good and Plenty Scholarship for two at the Neil Armstrong University on the Moon. Molly got the scholarship based on being a plus-sized student and her "cholesterol readings, body-fat ratio, Fibonacci number sequence for digesting chocolate and high school cafeteria records." The story unfolds from there, goes to Mars, depicts a luxurious Martian hotel, and more. Molly took her boyfriend Drew with her to Armstrong University but in short order, Drew dumped her. Our guest talks about how she integrated real space facts into her story when available but she did not focus on rockets, propulsion, and transportation. We also learn that while the Moon is the place for obese people, Mars for thin people. Near the end of the first segment, Jackie talked about her art which you can find out more about by visiting her website. In the second segment, we learned more about the mystery which is based on a poison in the Chocolate Moons. Jackie tells us about some of the marketing issues for a book that falls in-between the science fiction and humor genres, especially in getting quality shelf space in book stores. We talked about the luxurious Nirgal Palace Hotel on Mars, some of the other story characters, & the mystery surrounding the Chocolate Moons. As our program was ending, we asked Jackie about her teaching experiences which she shared with us. Note that the two articles she mentioned are available on her website. Jackie said more about her art, especially in the Estee Lauder Collection. Another item discussed was her naming of certain characters after famous historical people & characters. Jackie is working on a sequel to the book which may become available during the next few years. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above. At the end of the program, Jackie does give out her email address for those of you wanting to get in touch with her.

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