NASA has teamed up with Tor/Forge Books in a project to publish and develop Sci-Fi novels, the NASA Space Flight Center has announced.   

The publisher will team up with NASA scientists, engineers and award winning writers to develop novels that will raise awareness and inspire the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, fitting with the President's Technology Agenda.

GSFC will host authors and them more about science and space exploration. NASA will provide access to data, facilities and educational design as well as evaluation.

Authors will visit GSFC for a two day work shop in November consisting of presentation, facility tours and one-to-one sessions.

Ultimately this agreement will benefit the public as we look for innovative ways to communicate our past and current achievements while focusing on the needs of the future, Nona Cheeks, director of Goddard's Innovative Partnerships initiatives, said in an announcement.

When I was a boy, books by Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and their colleagues excited me, inspiring a lifelong fascination with space and the science and technology that would get us there. From Fulton and his steamboat, through Alexander Graham Bell and Edison to Silicon Valley and the advent of the Internet, innovative Americans have built a future in which we lead the world, said Tor Books founder Tom Doherty said.