Want to be an editor at Sky & Telescope? They have two positions open.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

Want to be an editor at Sky & Telescope? They have two positions open.

Below the fold is the text of the message sent out today by the magazine and instructions for applying. They are not looking for science writers (like myself) but experienced amateur astronomers who are interested in writing about the field.

Sky & Telescope is looking for experienced amateur astronomers to fill two editorial positions this summer. We are looking for amateurs with strong writing skills, and who can also help us expand our efforts in new types of media, such as video and digital. We are hoping to find one editor who is an equipment expert, and another who is an observing expert. We are looking for candidates who either live in the Boston metro area, or who are willing to relocate to the Boston area, and who are willing to serve on our staff for the long term. If you know of any amateur astronomers who might be qualified and interested, they can apply directly by going here.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Search our current openings.” On the next screen, select Cambridge, MA in the Location box. That will show the two editorial positions, one that is equipment oriented and the other that is observing oriented.

Robert Naeye, Editor in Chief, Sky & Telescope


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