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Homer Hickam

(Homer H Hickam Jr)
USA flag (b.1943)

Homer H. Hickam, is the second son of Homer and Elsie Hickam, and was raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. He graduated from Big Creek High School in 1960 and from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in 1964 with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Hickam served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-1968 where he won the Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals. He served six years on active duty, leaving the service with the rank of Captain.

Hickam has been a writer since 1969 after his return from Vietnam. At first, he mostly wrote about his scuba diving adventures for a variety of different magazines. Then, after diving on many of the wrecks involved, he branched off into writing about the battle against the U-boats along the American east coast during World War II. This resulted in his first book, Torpedo Junction (1989), a military history best-seller published in 1989 by the Naval Institute Press.

For recreation, Mr. Hickam still loves to SCUBA dive. He also jogs nearly every day. A new avocation is amateur paleontology. He works with Dr. Jack Horner in Montana every summer. Most of all, however, he loves to write.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Inspirational

Non fiction
   Torpedo Junction (1989)
   Rocket Boys (1998)
     aka October Sky
   The Coalwood Way (2000)
   Sky of Stone (2001)
   We Are Not Afraid (2002)
   My Dream of Stars (2010) (with Anousheh Ansari)
   Paco (2012)
   From Rocket Boys to October Sky (2013)
   Don't Blow Yourself Up (2021)
Homer Hickam recommends
Sea of Shadows (2010)
(USS Towers, book 1)
Jeff Edwards
"Here is a writer at the top of his game. The result is a brilliant techno-thriller, the kind a young Clancy would be proud to call his own."
The Professor (2014)
(McMurtie & Drake, book 1)
Robert Bailey
"Taut, page-turning, and smart, The Professor is a legal thriller that will keep readers up late as the twists and turns keep coming. Set in Alabama, it also includes that state's greatest icon, one Coach Bear Bryant. In fact, the Bear gets things going with the energy of an Alabama kickoff to Auburn. Robert Bailey knows his state and he knows his law. He also knows how to write characters that are real, sympathetic, and surprising. If he keeps writing novels this good, he's got quite a literary career before him."

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