Homer Hickam, best known for his best-selling, highly acclaimed memoir Rocket Boys--and the movie version, October Sky--was born and raised in Coalwood, West Virginia, and entered the U.S. Army after graduating from Virginia Tech in 1964. He served as a First Lieutenant with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1967-68 where, among other awards, he received the Bronze Star. He left the Army after serving six years of active duty, and immediately began his writing career, starting with producing magazine feature stories. He has gone on to write a dozen books.
His first, the best-selling Torpedo Junction (1989), dealt with German U-Boats operating off the East Coast of the United States during World War II. Rocket Boys, which tells the story of his life in the small West Virginia town where he grew up, came out to instant critical and popular acclaim when it was published in 1998. The film October Sky followed in 1999, also to rave reviews.
Homer Hickamís other books include the novel Back to the Moon (1999), two additional memoirs, The Coalwood Way (2000) and Sky of Stone (2001), and the novels The Keeperís Son (2003) and The Dinosaur Hunter (2010).
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