This is Marcha Fox’s 2-cents Worth Blog where I’ll post various thoughts, opinions, gripes, joys, tidbits about my books, experiences while working at NASA, rants, writing tips, and anything else that comes to mind.  Kalliope is my personal muse so you can expect there will be a lot.

I consider myself a “space cadet on steroids”. I’m a life-long science fiction fan who penned my first sci-fi stories in 6th grade. I’m hoping to pay forward the inspiration I obtained from that genre–inspiration that led me, as a mother of six in my late 30s, to return to school at Utah State University where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in physics. After that, I pursued a 20+ year career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Would the truth be known, that was all done from the git-go with the intent to be qualified to “write what you know”, i.e., scientifically sound, convincing science fiction.

With that behind me, I now specialize in classic hard science fiction. So far, my Star Trails Tetralogy series and its spinoffs have been acclaimed for their palatable and accurate science content. As an amateur astronomer forever fascinated by the heavens, I’m a member of the Austin Astronomical Society where I serve as librarian and am certified as a telescope wrangler at a local observatory. I’m also well versed in the archetypal myths associated with the stars and planets, especially as they apply to the ancient practice of astrology.

I was born in Peekskill, New York and have lived in California, Utah, and Texas in the course of raising my family. I’m now retired, pamper my two Bengal cats and a sassy tuxedo, and try to keep up with my home, yard, friends, and family.

Feel free to check out my books, which comprise The Star Trails Tetralogy at StarTrailsSaga.com. If you’re interested in astrology (or even if you’re not) pay my other website, ValkyrieAstrology.com, a visit as well.

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  1. Hi Marcha.

    Would you have a NASA medical researcher contact? A couple of weeks ago I was thinking about returning astronauts flexibility. If astronauts become taller when on an extended mission to the ISS, their muscles and ligaments must also lengthen to accommodate the increase in height. I know the increase in stature quickly regresses to normal upon return to the Earth, but the muscles and ligaments would be slower to change. I would think that they experience an increase in flexibility, especially in the standing head to toe touch. Do you know someone that might have observed this change?

    Thank you.

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    • As I recall, they tended to develop back problems as a result. I’ve been away from NASA for several years now, but I’m sure they’ve looked into this, but maybe not specifically toward flexibility. Have you tried searching documents published by the Aerospace Medical Association? I would think that their studies would be published there among other places. I’m not sure the people I knew would still be there. I think I can remember the name of the secretary of the medical experiment review board, who may still be around. I’ll email it to you rather than put it out here…


  2. Hi Marcha,

    Thank you for your kind words about my book Paradox – Fascinating Anomalies of Science. I’m thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed it. The publisher said you wanted an interview. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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  3. As a fellow science fiction author I thought I would like to mention that I am currently surveying 100 indie science fiction authors to gather some info the genre and industry.

    The survey is only 10 questions completed via survey monkey and is completely anonymous. The summary data of 100 science fiction indie authors will be posted on my website
    ( http://www.NeilMosspark.com ) in about a month or so.

    If you are interested here is the link to the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GNZXGCZ
    It takes less than a minute to complete.

    Best regards and happy holidays!

    Neil Mosspark
    Webpage: http://www.NeilMosspark.com
    Twitter: @NeilMosspark

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    • Hi, Robert. I do consider unsolicited reviews based on what genre the book is, the stage it is in as far as editing, and whether I have time. Right now my reading list is stacked pretty deep but I could possibly do an interview. Do you mean me interview you or vice versa?



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