Picture it. A launch facility on the west coast. The Antares, aimed at the stars. On ignition, its C6-5 solid-propellant engine would power it to an impulse of 10 Newton-seconds, ramping to a maximum thrust of 15 Newtons in 0.2 seconds over a 1.6 second burn, launching this baby to the sky.
I was 14 then. The love for discovery that powered my model rockets also drove me here, to where I am now.
I'm Samuel Peralta, physicist, entrepreneur, storyteller. My projects have hit the USA Today and the Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists, and shortlisted for Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. My poetry's been spotlighted by the BBC and in Best American Poetry. I'm the creator and series editor of the Future Chronicles anthologies - all of which have, in turn, become Amazon #1 bestsellers.
I've designed nuclear robotic tools, built solar fab plants, founded high-tech start-ups in optoelectronics, mobile software, blockchain. I'm a supporter and producer of independent films, one of which was nominated for a Golden Globe. And I cook a mean risotto.
I'm always working at my craft, trying to be better at what I do, trying to invent the future. Where do we go from here? My hope is... to the stars. Won't you follow me on the journey?