Kent C. Dodds is also an applicant for the DearMoon project:
Into the Unknown: Human Curiosity, Politics, and Prejudice in the True Space Age is about how we can stay curious, connected, and educated as humanity enters the new “True Space Age” in the upcoming years.
My name is Ellena Hyeji Joo and I am the author of Into the Unknown. I wrote this book for my brother, who is a high school student interested in space, aliens, and pretty much all the popular franchises set in space. As our daily conversations on space, aliens, and the upcoming milestones in humanity grew, I realized that this is a critical topic! What will we do in the face of so much unknown as we enter space? Do we understand space? Do we understand who we are in the universe?
My hope is that, in reading this book, you will discover what it means for you to be part of one species dedicated to exploring its meaning beyond our planet, solar system, or even our galaxy. In this book, I hope to instill in you the same sort of passion and excitement that I have for space. Ultimately, I want you to see this book as a tool to help you feel excited for the True Space Age and feel equipped with the challenges and information that come hand-in-hand with our entering space.
In this book, you’ll learn about space, aliens, and humanity. You’ll hear stories such as…
Why we are attracted to the idea of aliens as creatures that will come invade our planet
What it means for us that federal agencies like NASA (with political motives) are leading space exploration projects and the politics behind space exploration
What it means that space exploration is becoming increasingly privatized and how companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are benefiting and undermining technological advancements in space
How we can protect our sense of wonder when it comes to space
You will love this book if you enjoy the Marvel Universe, Star Wars, Star Trek, and any movies set in space with aliens, but you have also always been attracted to understanding why we gravitate towards these movies and are inclined to explore the questions such movies raise.
Into the Unknown: Human Curiosity, Politics, and Prejudice in the True Space Age is a nonfiction book that speaks to the ordinary person curious about space, young space entrepreneurs, and space enthusiasts who want to look at the meaning of “aliens” and “space” in a new way.
Sam and I are both Space Hero Insiders, which I should tell you a little about first. Space Hero is a world wide, reality TV contest with a grand prize of a 10 day trip to the International Space Station (ISS). There have been many other contests that aimed to send someone to space that never amounted to much. Why should Space Hero be different? Well, first off, Dr. Moriba Jah is one of their spokespeople. He is a professor at the University of Texas in Austin, and he spoke at the September 2020 meeting of the North Houston Space Society. Also, Axiom Space announced that they have agreed to facilitate the travel of the winner to the ISS. Axiom Space has a contract with SpaceX to have the first all private mission to the ISS. Axiom Space is also taking Tom Cruise to the ISS next fall. Since signing up to become a Space Hero Insider, I have also met one of the co-founders, Deborah Sass. And it seems to me that this is really going to happen. And I would recommend that YOU sign up for their mailing list and apply to be a Space Hero Insider as well: http://SpaceHero.Me
Back to Sam. Sam Giedzinski is a writer and an engineer. “I have spent most of my life pursuing both engineering and writing: fields that represent the perfect storm of endless creative opportunities.”
His short story “Marshmallows” was published in the 2019 Stylus literary journal, and a draft of my second novel, “Island Rain,” was a featured capstone project in the University of Maryland Arts Scholars 2019 Academic Showcase. He has narrated the thrilling short story “Frankenstein’s Soldier” by Hal Lewis and the mystery novel “What We Kill” by Howard Odentz, both of which are available through iTunes, Amazon, and Audible. The audiobook edition of his short story collection—also narrated by him—is also available.
Samuel is studying Space Law at Ole Miss. Figuring out how an international framework that deals with property rights, conflict resolution, normal practices in the space environment as we start expanding beyond earth are of keen interest to him. These will be important issues to figure out. Our technology and reach are progressing faster than our social framework for dealing with it.