Dan Linehan

Dan Linehan is the author of the new, innovative multimedia serial novel The Princess of the Bottom of the World (book trailer: https://youtu.be/w3TYh6IG5dY), which is integrated with its Multimedia Travelling Companion (https://www.dslinehan.com/princess). The series chronicles travels to Antarctica and other remote regions to study complicated science issues that severely affect our planet Earth. His approach was greatly inspired by Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and the use of fiction, such as by John Steinbeck, to bring to light difficult environmental issues and make them more approachable for general audiences. After earning a B.S. in physics and a M.S. in materials engineering and working as a scientific researcher, Dan became a microchip process engineer. But in 2000, he switched careers to focus on education, outreach, and communication by mixing the arts and sciences with creativity and multimedia. He went on to author SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History (foreword by sci-fi legend Sir Arthur C. Clarke and cover blurb by new Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson, Zenith Press, 2008) and Burt Rutan’s Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations (foreword astronaut Mike Melvill and cover blurb by Microsoft cofound Paul Allen, Zenith Press, 2011). At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2017–2020), Dan worked as a feature writer for Science & Technology Review and NIF & Photon Science News (NIF, the National Ignition Facility, is a laser that is three times the size of football field, hundreds of times a year creates temperatures hotter than at the Sun’s core, and was the set of the Enterprise’s warp core in Star Trek Into Darkness). Here, he often produced multimedia to accompany his stories about dark matter, antimatter, nuclear fusion, cubesats, virtual and augment realities, supercomputers and advanced climate modeling, “beaming” objects into existence, two of the largest lasers in the world, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). As a longtime freelancer and consultant, Dan also has worked as a writer/producer for film studio, a managing editor at a literary journal, and a science expert at leading educational publishers. He has well over a hundred publications and widely lectures about the topics he covers at schools and universities, space and science centers, and many other places. As a writer, he explored Antarctica and the surrounding regions from 2006 to 2007 and lived in Argentina from 2013 to 2014. The Princess of the Bottom of the World was inspired by his studies during these travels. Visit his website at https://www.dslinehan.com.

 

Broadcast 985 (Special Edition)

Guest : Dan Linehan, author of "SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History," was the guest for this Space Show program. We went through the book, which is a documentary on SpaceShipOne (SS1), its development, construction, and flights. During this show interview with Dan Linehan, we address many things and learn lots of new things regarding SS1. For example, the rumor that it was unsafe to fly again and thus off it went to the Smithsonian, as you will hear in the story near the end of the discussion, is not true.

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