is a science fiction writer who has written novels and stories, but who also toils away in Hollywood working in television. He has a regular column at SCI FI Weekly
called "The Cassutt Files." The July 31 column, titled "You May Be a Sci-Fi Writer,"
gives a ten-question, 100-point quiz to determine what kind of science fiction writer you are. (The higher you score, the more likely you write "hard" science fiction.) On a whim, I went through the questions, and I was amused to come across this question for #6:
"Are you nostalgic about the Apollo
program? 5 points. Add 5 points if you ever seriously considered applying to become an astronaut."
Why am I amused? As anyone who was reading my blog in 2003 knows, back then I applied for the Educator Astronaut program. I made the first cut
, and then was grounded due to my eyesight
So when I came across the question, I couldn't help but smile. I didn't just seriously consider applying to become an astronaut; I actually did it.
Oh, and just for the record, I scored an 80. And according to the quiz, a score of 66 or higher yields the following: "You're a E.E. 'Doc' Smith, Larry Niven, Greg Bear, Vernor Vinge, Charles Stross or Nancy Kress. Ideas come first for you, the stranger or more innovative the better. If you are a television series, you are Max Headroom, Star Trek: Voyager or Enterprise. This sort of storytelling, by the way, used to be known as science fiction, or 'hard' science fiction."Copyright © Michael Burstein