Homer Hickam

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Homer Hickam is the author of many books in many genres including the acclaimed memoir Rocket Boys that was made into the film October Sky. Rocket 

Boys is studied in hundreds of schools and is popular around the world as is the film. His awards for writing are many and varied and include the University 

of Alabama's Clarence Cason Award and Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage Author's Award.

After graduating from college as an engineer, Homer was a decorated combat officer in the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. For over thirty years, he was a 

scuba instructor and expert wreck diver. He was awarded Alabama's highest award for heroism for his underwater rescue work. He trained astronauts and designed spacecraft for NASA. He is an amateur paleontologist who has discovered two Tyrannosaurus Rexes. Most of all, he loves to write and has millions of readers, all of whom he deeply appreciates.

His latest fiction book (October 2015) is Carrying Albert Home, the somewhat true story of a woman, a husband, and her alligator. It is published by William 


Homer is on Facebook and Twitter, both under the name Homer Hickam.

His website is http://www.homerhickam.com

Homer and his wife and their cats share their time between homes in Huntsville, Alabama and St. John of the U.S. Virgin Islands.