Notes of a Would-Be Astronaut

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Tom McAllister finally answers the call of the open road. His itch, fermenting for years, erupts into present reality when his daughters rag on Janis Joplin while watching MTV. Now he has a need for escape velocity, and to somehow reclaim July boyhood afternoons. At a Chevy dealership, clutching $30,000, he buys a screaming-yellow Corvette to achieve escape velocity. He hits the road without warning, leaving behind family and success. Tom begins wandering across America, meeting people he’d never find most anywhere in his suburban life. Included are an ex-NASA engineer from the heydays of Apollo and a kid pimping himself on Hollywood Blvd. He also meets David, a trust fund hippie and rudderless nomad. David’s shrinking world has delivered him to a black hole of fate. In David, Tom sees what he might become, ultimately facing his reality on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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"Exhausted and frustrated by compromise, Tom McAllister hits the highways in search of self. Although reminiscent of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Notes of a Would-Be Astronaut is better. This cross country odyssey is a trip I thoroughly enjoyed." Laurie Birnsteel, author of Sunspot and Kahala.

"An engaging inner and outer travelogue, replete with vivid descriptions, vignettes of fascinating characters, and inner knots reminiscent of R. D. Laing. This story of a Passages-like mid-life crisis search for self is sure to resonate with many of us, especially those who like to think while they read. Enjoy!" Stan Franklin, author of Artificial Minds.

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Fairleigh Brooks is a self-described former suburban pseudo hippie. As a writer and author he is interested in the history and evolution of science and technology, and in how new systems affect people and cultures. He lives with his wife, daughter and dog Dolly in Louisville, Kentucky.

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