A story in your head isn't a story. It's just a daydream until you actually write it down. So write it down.
Computer programming is pretty much guaranteed income. I'm good at it, and I like it.
Don't tell your stories to anyone. You'll be more motivated knowing it's a prerequisite to having an audience.
I was hired as a computer programmer for a national laboratory at age 15.
My father has a great love of science, and he indoctrinated me into it early. I think I was 12 or so when we designed a moon base.
Research into manned spaceflight is shifting from low-Earth orbit to destinations much further away, like Mars and the asteroid belt. But society will have to invent many new technologies before it can plausibly send people to those distances.
I am not a brave man... I do not have the right stuff. Astronauts are really a cut above.
I don't even date; I'm terrible with women.
I don't take Mars One seriously at all.
I originally wrote 'The Martian' as a free serial novel, posting one chapter at a time to my website.
If the reader is rooting for the protagonist, they'll forgive you just about everything else.
If you look up every last detail on your subject, you'll never finish.
My first book was so horrible I have deleted all copies of it. Thankfully, it was before the Internet, so there are no lurking caches of it anywhere.
The reason space missions need artificial gravity is clear: humans simply did not evolve to live in zero gravity.
There's nothing I would like more than to watch a manned Mars landing.
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