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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.
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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: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,453,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Howard on July 30, 2013
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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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10 of 11 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful 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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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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11 of 13 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2009
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I bought this book after hearing the author describe it at an SF Convention. Yes, unlike some of the other reviewers, I DO read science fiction.

I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to read, because some of the action was so intense that I needed a break. Even so, I loved the mystery of the story. Stephanie Osborne leads you though all the false conclusions her characters make along the way, and makes you believe them. The ending is not a complete surprise, there are clues along the way, but just like her characters, I did not put it all together until the very end.

The best thing about this book is that it made me want more Stephanie Osborne books!
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10 of 12 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. S. Agutter on September 14, 2009
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I don't commonly read science fiction, or conspiracy theory tales, or novels in which the plot races ahead at the expense of characterization. "Burnout" is all three of those. However, it was recommended to me by a friend, himself the author of a first-rate and very different novel ("Perilaus"), so I bought and read a copy. And I must admit, despite my expectations and perhaps pre-judgment, that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The author's professional background - she has a wealth of qualifications and many years of experience working with NASA - informs the story throughout. She wears her learning as lightly as fiction demands, but it's obviously there, and it helps the reader to suspend unbelief. It gives her a sure and reliable touch at stages in the story when less-informed authors may have faltered or fudged a plot development. The glossary proved valuable; some of the technical vocabulary was familiar to me, but not all.

This is a gripping, fast-paced action story and it doesn't waste words - economy of expression is always a virtue in writing, fiction or otherwise. The settings are vividly portrayed and the tension never slackens. The author is to be congratulated for allowing one of her protagonists to be killed - quasi-accidentally - which helped the ending of the novel to carry conviction.

"Burnout" isn't "serious literature" by any means, but it's far better-written than the standard run of airport bookstall material and it makes good holiday reading. Would I read another book by the same author? Yes, for relaxation, I probably would.
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