Sally Ride

Sally Ride coverSally Ride and the New Astronauts: Scientists in Space

Submitter: Here is a gem from a very busy branch of a large California public library system. Someone on staff re-shelved this one recently. At the time, this was a great look at life as a “new astronaut.” Now, it’s dated, worn, and irrelevant. Although it has some good biographical info about Ride’s early life, it’s going to be totally unappealing to today’s children. No color photos, lots of speculative info about what’s going to happen in 1985, and an entire chapter at the end dedicated to “some of the things being planned for the citizens of the twenty first century,” such as routine trips into space, small towns in space, and “space vans” for carrying cargo. Also, no mention of the Challenger disaster (since it wouldn’t happen for another 3 years).

Holly: A book on Sally Ride is a lovely addition to a public library. She died last summer of pancreatic cancer, so a new-ish book would be a great idea. This old thing is almost an insult to her memory, since it’s missing so much of her story.

Sally Ride

Small Towns - in space and on earth

space factories


  1. “More people will work at home during the next century. They can stay in touch with their offices by computer.” Wow! How prescient! In 1983, that possibility had never occurred to me.

  2. @ Dinah, yes I was impressed by that too, particularly since the author guessed this would help balance work with family life.
    This is a wonderful book for it’s time. Sally Ride was an amazing person and a marvellous role model. A new edition would be an excellent addition to a library.

  3. Hi. I just happened to see your post. I’m just finishing up the manuscript for a new Sally Ride bio, due out next fall from Aladdin. So hang in there!

  4. @Sue, maybe they thought it would be an easier/quicker way for kids to ID her?

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