David S. F. Portree

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About me

Location United States
Introduction I am a freelance spaceflight historian and outreach educator. I started my career in 1987 with my first advanced degree, my first writing sale, and my first planetarium job. I've written several books, all published by NASA. I've worked for several NASA centers, the U.S. Geological Survey, WIRED, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft team, the Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Earth & Sky radio series and website, the Kansas Cosmosphere, Astronomy, Spaceflight, Air & Space, NHK, Lowell Observatory - a wide range of clients and employers on four continents.
Interests space exploration, space history, writing about space exploration, writing about space history, talking about space exploration, talking about space history, blogging about space exploration, blogging about space history, olivine, birds and other dinosaurs, Dan Dare, Discworld, Doctor Who, dark skies, stargazing, maps, naps, Stanley Weinbaum, BBC, paleogeography, books, archives, environmental history, diplomatic history, alternate history, historical atlases, cutaway illustrations, cutaway models, blueprints, LEGO, building libraries in Minecraft, canal history, collecting phrasebooks, extrasolar planets, New Jersey, Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes
Favorite Movies 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, All The President's Men, Fail Safe, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Lion in Winter
Favorite Books Cities in Flight, Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama, Earthlight, World of Kong, Expedition, Welcome to Moonbase, C. J. Cherryh, Chanur Saga, Downbelow Station, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey-Maturin, Terry Pratchett, Small Gods, The Mote in God's Eye, Footfall, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, Ursula K. LeGuin, To a Rocky Moon, Carrying the Fire, Changes in the Land, Pan's Travail, The Men Who Lost America, The Chronicles of Amber, For Want of a Nail, Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars, The Years of Rice and Salt, 2312, Iain M. Banks, Consider Phlebas, Alastair Reynolds, The Prefect, House of Suns