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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606192000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606192009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,263,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, physicist and Heinlein essayist.

About the Author

Stephanie Osborn was born September 23, 1960, in Clarksville, TN. She obtained majors in physics, mathematics, and chemistry, a minor in geology, and a MSc in astronomy. She married Darrell Osborn, artist/magician, in 1983. Stephanie worked in Huntsville, AL in the Space Shuttle/Station programs. She retired from the space industry in 2006 to pursue her writing career.

More About the Author

Few can claim the varied background of Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery.

Veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs, she worked on numerous space shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Her space experience also includes Spacelab and ISS operations, variable star astrophysics, Martian aeolian geophysics, radiation physics, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons effects.

Stephanie holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, and she is "fluent" in several more, including geology and anatomy.

In addition she possesses a license of ministry, has been a duly sworn, certified police officer, and is a National Weather Service certified storm spotter.

Her travels have taken her to the top of Pikes Peak, across the world's highest suspension bridge, down gold mines, in the footsteps of dinosaurs, through groves of giant Sequoias, and even to the volcanoes of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest, where she was present for several phreatic eruptions of Mount St. Helens.

Now retired from space work, Stephanie has trained her sights on writing. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to more than 20 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281. She is the co-author of the "Cresperian Saga" book series, and currently writes the critically acclaimed "Displaced Detective" series, described as "Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files." She released the paranormal/horror novella El Vengador, based on a true story, in 2013 as an ebook.

In addition to her writing work, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily "pays it forward," teaching math and science through numerous media including radio, podcasting and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank.

The Mystery continues.

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It took me a while to read, because some of the action was so intense that I needed a break.
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Burnout seems more like mystery than science fiction, but there are some science fiction aspects to it as well as a touch of romance.
S. Harper
Outstanding storyline, well developed characters, and the glossary in the back is a real treat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. McKown on August 23, 2010
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The core story premise of Burnout is a classic one, having been told many times over the last few decades. Unfortunately I didn't find Burnout to be a satisfying read.

I could make no emotional connection with the characters. They were thin on substance, and static over the course of the book. I was never surprised by a characters' actions. What suspense existed was driven by what happened to them and not so much by their choices and actions. Some of the devices used to share information about a character were rather annoying. For example, more than once a main characters explains in first person what experience in their background allows them to accomplish some task.

The skeleton of the story line was interesting, and the NASA ops and historical references were fun. The reader is 'dropped' into the story and has to get their bearing along the way as do the protagonists, "murder mystery" style, which I personally find an appealing approach. But the story and its novelty just weren't strong enough to "make up" the difference. The sci-fi genre is notorious for books arguably weak on character development that are still enjoyable reads because of an interesting story line. But the funny thing is, such tales end up adding "character" to the characters, even if only by some form of literary osmosis. Burnout doesn't really deliver in this regard.

One final point are the two completely gratuitous sex scenes. They aren't important to the story line, and don't add insight into the involved characters or their relationships. One of the scenes had potential, as it seemed to be setting up for a sub-plot questioning the nature of the relationship of the couple. Sadly, this was not to be.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Harper on November 24, 2009
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Burnout seems more like mystery than science fiction, but there are some science fiction aspects to it as well as a touch of romance. It has a number of interesting twists and turns that make it hard to put down. I also had to force myself not to look ahead. While the focus of the plot is the space shuttle, there's actually a lot more to it. It has a glossary in the back but there's just enough technical terms to make it realistic without becoming a burden. I thought it was a fun read and never got bored with it at all.
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Stephanie uses her vast NASA experience to project a future threat discovered by our new favorite ex-astronaut "Crash' Murphy. Maybe a little too much time in the tunnels for my taste, but if there's a sequel - the action should be INTENSE! C'mon Steph - what happens NEXT?
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By Keith Persico on December 5, 2012
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I really liked the pacing in this book, and the way the two main characters pieced together what was going on. I had found the two sex scenes to be somewhat irrelevant, but it was still a good way to establish their relationships. The ending was really good, and the only complaint I have is that there is no sequel or resolution to the interstellar war. I want to see the interstellar war they were talking about resolved.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Boyer on May 19, 2009
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I'm not a sci-fi fan...I like William Shatner and don't like Captain Kirk. I couldn't tell you the names of the Star Wars or Star Trek movies and would be guessing at the character names. I read this to do a review for a club and was set for a speedy "skipping stone" read reminiscent of my college years. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least! I'm a Stephen Hunter fan and this book grabbed me the same way (c'mon, you know what I mean) with a multi-faceted storyline that keeps you interested. My wife is more traditional than me and is now having the same don't-wanna-put-it-down symptoms. Highly recommended, especially for people interested in Roswell (where my wife was "deposited"), NASA, or flying.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader- on April 23, 2009
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Just finished the book... WOW!!! Loved it! Outstanding storyline, well developed characters, and the glossary in the back is a real treat. A truly great read... definitely worthy of a sequel.

Awesome work Stephanie!
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Upon reentry with seven aboard Space Shuttle STS-281 suddenly explodes into a deadly inferno. All on board are dead. An official investigation leads to a quick assertion of human error mostly by the crew.

Having known the pilot Jet Jackson who was his friend since their Air Force days, "Crash" Murphy has a difficult time accepting the official position. He begins to investigate the disaster, which leads him to Australian astronomer Dr. Michael Anders, who is also probing the Burnout. They team up and soon begin to find anomalies with the official denouement. They begin to find evidence of alien intervention, which leads them to Area 51. With the help of conspiracy buff operatives watching the locale 24/7, the pair sneaks inside seeking the truth, but neither is prepared for what they find.

This is an interesting science fiction mystery with an intriguing twist that leaves the portal open for sequels. The story line is faster than the shuttle although adjustment to the zillion NASA acronyms (thankfully a glossary helps) takes a bit of time; but once done acceleration throughout. Crash and Mike are courageous heroes, but what they learn and not learn will stun both of them and the readers. Burnout is an exciting thriller that will have fans soaring with Stephanie Osborn as the flight commander.

Harriet Klausner
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