Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking!

Image: Focus Features, used with permission
Image: Focus Features, used with permission

I just wanted to take a moment to wish Stephen Hawking, one of the people who inspired me to study physics and astronomy, a very happy birthday! A Brief History of Time was one of the books that “spoke” to me from when I first read it as a teen, um, several years ago, and it continues to do so today. I can’t wait until the time comes to share it with my son. My son and I have already shared the “George” series that Hawking co-authored with his daughter, Lucy.

Here is a video of one of my son’s inspirations, Neil deGrasse Tyson, talking about oneof mine:



And if you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to go out and watch the film documenting Dr. Hawking’s life, The Theory of Everything!


Melanie R. Meadors is the author of fantasy and science fiction stories where heroes don’t always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She’s been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on more than one occasion. Her work has been published in Circle Magazine, The Wheel, and Prick of the Spindle, and she was a finalist in the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Science Fiction Contest. Melanie is also a freelance author publicist and publicity/marketing coordinator for both Ragnarok Publications and Mechanical Muse. She blogs regularly for GeekMom and The Once and Future Podcast. Her short story “A Whole-Hearted Halfling” is in the anthology Champions of Aetaltis, available April 12, 2016.