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Homer Hickam

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

Homer Hickam is back to answer questions on October Sky and discuss more stories from his book Don’t Blow Yourself Up


Homer’s Newest Book is Don’t Blow Yourself Up!

Homer Hickam, author of Rocketboys and Don’t Blow Yourself Up is here to discuss his adventures. He is the inspiration for the movie October Sky.


This is Homer’s return to the memoir, this time with tales of his life and times during the next 40 years after the era of the Rocket Boys of October Sky.

It is not only Homer’s story but that of the country and the world during these tumultous decades. From college to war-torn Vietnam to deep into the ocean and on to training astronauts in Japan, the United States, and Russia, Homer tells it all including how he came to write the classic Rocket Boys and worked to make the beloved film October Sky.

Although told with humor and wit, Homer does not shy from the pain and hardship endured and the mistakes he made during the years since his life in the town he made famous—Coalwood, West Virginia.

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