Burnout is a compelling, impossible to put down, first novel in the class of Skylark of Space or 'Lifeline.' ... It may perhaps be the most realistic view ever published in fiction about what happens behind the scenes at NASA.
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Huntsville, AL (PRWEB) April 17, 2009
Stephanie Osborn is pleased to announce the release of her debut novel, Burnout: the mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281.
Burnout is the story of a fictional Space Shuttle disaster which turns out not to be an accident. As the principal investigators dig deeper, they discover the signs of something unusual - and as they do, friends, lovers, and colleagues involved in the investigation begin to die in mysterious "accidents." They find themselves on the run, searching for answers, wondering who they can - and can't - trust, in a game of cat and mouse that spans more than one continent, and may span more than one planet.
What happened to the Space Shuttle? Who is responsible and why? Why is the government calling it an accident? Why is someone willing to kill to keep it a secret? And how big is the conspiracy?
What people are saying:
"Burnout is a compelling, impossible to put down, first novel in the class of Skylark of Space or 'Lifeline.' ... It may perhaps be the most realistic view ever published in fiction about what happens behind the scenes at NASA." ~ Dr. Jim Woosley, Ph.D. physicist and Heinlein essayist.
"Hard-edged SF that wraps a compelling mystery around 'this is the real thing' space science. Burnout is tight, tense, and gripping -- Osborn tells a damn good story, and tells it well. " ~ Holly Lisle, author of The Ruby Key: Moon & Sun I.
Stephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of over twenty years of working in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs. She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Of those astronauts she trained, one was Kalpana Chawla, a member of the crew lost in the Columbia space shuttle disaster.
She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and she is "fluent" in several more, including Geology and Anatomy. She obtained her various degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
Stephanie is currently retired from space work. She now happily "passes it forward, " tutoring math and science to students in the Huntsville area, elementary through college, while writing science fiction mysteries based on her knowledge, experience, and travels.