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Homer Hickam


Homer Hickam

When he's not writing bestsellers such as ROCKET BOYS/OCTOBER SKY, BACK TO THE MOON, THE COALWOOD WAY, and THE KEEPER'S SON, Homer Hickam goes dinosaur hunting in the ranchlands and badlands of Montana. His important finds include two Tyrannosaurus Rexes and numerous other creatures of the Cretaceous Period. Please visit for more information.

Homer Hickam

Books by Homer Hickam

by Homer Hickam - Romance, Suspense, Thriller

Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie’s dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer.

by Homer Hickam - Fiction, Mystery

Cowboy and former homicide detective Mike Wire retreats to Montana after a stressful career in Hollywood. When a paleontologist and his assistants arrive hoping to dig, Mike knows that once discovered, those bones won’t stay buried, and not everyone hunting for them is doing it in the interest of science.

by Homer Hickam - Memoir, Nonfiction

This is the true story that inspired the feature film October Sky. It was 1957, and the small mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying. Faced with an uncertain future, Homer Hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets into outer space. He fell in with a group of misfits who learned not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but how to sustain their hope in a town that swallowed its men alive.