Invitations from Afar:  A Need to Know

About the Author

Linda A.W. King has a B.S. in math and science from Rollins College, an M.A. in

literature, and completed the writing courses toward a Ph.D. in the Creative Writing

Program at the University of Houston. She was a computer scientist for an aerospace

fi rm and a senior technical writer for a Johnson Space Center contractor. Years ago,

Linda and her family watched many Saturn V rockets launched from the Cape, and

now she and her husband live a mile from a Saturn V and a Space Shuttle on display

at JSC in Houston. They were invited to Florida and will long remember the fi re and

delayed roar when their astronaut friend was launched into the night sky aboard the

Space Shuttle as the International Space Station passed overhead.