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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)