I am excited to post about a new sci-fi book written by fellow rocket blogger Stephen R. DeArman (Randy from Verna and Randy's Rockets): Rocket Babe-Dust Storm. Their January 2014 blog update is dedicated to the launch of this rocket book. The standard Fire and Smoke and Photo of the Month pages are joined by a page dedicated to the book, Rocket Babe-Dust Storm, and a page dedicated to the U.S.S. Pandora.
Randy explains that "Rocket Babe - Dust Storm is my idea of what 1950’s, B-grade sci-fi might look like in the early 1980’s." What I find intriguing is how he ties in themes from his personal life and the rocketry hobby. Most notably, the main character in the book is patterned after the main character in his life - Verna. Both share the 'handle' of Rocket Babe. About half the characters share the names of, and are inspired by, his friends. This includes David Miller, the owner of one of Verna and Randy's favorite rocketry suppliers, Sirius Rocketry. The book also features the U.S.S. Pandora, the flagship of the Earth's Deep Space Strike Force. Being rocketeers, they have built a flying model of the Pandora, which was based on one of their favorite rockets, the mighty Saturn V.
I encourage you to read the details (prologue, character bios, etc.) on the pages linked above and, if you too are intrigued, to pop over Amazon, where the novel is available in both paperback and Kindle format.
Here's the business end of the Pandora, which can accommodate a 5 motor cluster! I'm sure a future update will include the flight report and photos (hint, hint).