Kickstarting a graphic novel version of Heinlein’s “Citizen of the Galaxy”

A crowd-funding campaign has been opened to fund a graphic novel version of Robert A. Heinlein‘s book Citizen of the Galaxy first published in 1957: Robert A. Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy Graphic Novel by Eric Gignac — Kickstarter

Citizen of the Galaxy will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Virginia Edition, which is the complete and definitive 46 volume collector’s set of all of Heinlein’s works. This project is approved by the copyright owner, the Heinlein Prize Trust and will be produced with the support of the Virginia Edition Publishing Company. The purpose of the Heinlein Prize is to encourage and reward progress in commercial space activities that advances Robert and his wife Virginia’s dream of humanity’s future in space. The Virginia Edition Publishing Company is responsible for the production and distribution of the authoritative text of all of Robert Heinlein’s published fiction and non-fiction – The Robert A. Heinlein: Virginia Edition Collection.

When I was a kid, the Robert Heinlein books at the local library got me interested in space travel. I hope this graphic novel will inspire such an interest in some of today’s young people.

The Chelyabinsk meteorite birth certificate + NEO politics

The meteorites found in and around will be among the few that can be directly associated with an observed meteor/fireball: Russian Meteorite Bound to Become the 20th Meteorite with a “Birth Certificate” – Space Safety Magazine.

Meanwhile, Jeff Foust reports on moves in Congress to address the NEO threat: More Congressional interest in near Earth objects – Space Politics.

Update Feb.23.13: Some possible ways to prevent big NEOs from whacking earth: What Can We Do About Big Rocks From Space? – Innovations.