Darren Beyer

Biography

Darren Beyer was born in Washington, D.C., but quickly became a child of the world. His family moved overseas when he was age two and together they traveled extensively throughout his childhood. Darren draws on these experiences to add an element of realism and depth to his writing. At the age of six, he was awakened in the middle of the night by his mother to watch live pictures being broadcast from the surface of the moon during the Apollo 17 mission. At that moment, even at so young an age, he decided to pursue a career related to the space program. In high school, he took classes in math and science. In college at Virginia Tech, he enrolled in the engineering school and received a degree in aerospace engineering in 1989. Following graduation, he was hired by NASA at Kennedy Space Center, where for nearly ten years he worked as a Space Shuttle experiment engineer. While there, he worked on the Hubble launch, as well as numerous Space Lab and other scientific missions. Experiments he was responsible for ranged from telescopes to frog life support. He conducted astronaut training, performed installations onboard the Shuttle just prior to launch, and was part of the recovery crew following landing. Darren has had the honor of working onboard every Space Shuttle orbiter except Challenger. In late 1998, Darren left NASA to become an entrepreneur, and, after more than seventeen years, an author. He is a student of science and technology and is an instrument-rated private pilot. Darren lives in California near San Francisco with his wife, dogs, cats and fish.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was when I was in college. I took a creative writing class, but it ended up being more of a critical review class rather than something that would teach me skills I needed to become a better writer. I got a C and took it as a sign that I shouldn't write. I didn't write another word of fiction for more than ten years.
What is your writing process?
I know where I want to go, and sometimes I know where I want to start. I know the theme and parts of the plot. Then I just start writing and see where it takes me. As I write, problems and puzzles present themselves and I need to solve them. On a few occasions I've written myself into a corner and I end up having to backtrack. Most of the time, however, I let the story unfold as I solve the ultimate puzzle of getting from start to finish.
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Books

Destiny: Space - Ten Innovations That Will Change How We Live, Work, and Explore in Space
Price: Free! Words: 14,450. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Space Science, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Cosmos
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Space Shuttle experiment engineer Darren Beyer shares the top ten innovations that will define humanity's future in space. From planetary rovers to manned missions to Mars, he delves into technologies that will help us conquer the solar system.

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