I’m Amy Shira Teitel, Spaceflight historian, author of Fighting for Space, and occasional TV expert. Ask me anything!
Amy holds a Bachelor's degree with combined honours in History of Science and Technology and Classics (U. of King's College and Dalhousie University) and a Master's degree in Science and Technology Studies (York University).
Amy has had a lifelong passion for spaceflight, researching for a second-grade project on Venus, she was captivated by a cartoon image of two astronauts on the Moon and had to know everything about the Apollo program. She specialized in space history throughout her academic life, culminating in her MA thesis about the little-known Gemini-Rogallo wing.
University life, however, held little allure for Amy, and so she turned her back on academia in favour of popular science writing. She began with her blog, Vintage Space, and soon parlayed that into a career as a science writer with a solid focus on spaceflight history. She’s written for more than a dozen websites, has been an expert interviewee on a half dozen TV shows, and still maintains her blog and YouTube channel, now called The Vintage Space. This is her second book. Her first, Breaking the Chains of Gravity, came out in 2015.
Her interests go well beyond space. She also loves early aviation, early technological evolutions, and she's endlessly fascinated with mid-century America. She also loves punk rock, boxing, bowling, old movies, thinks fashion can be immensely powerful, and still plays her Super Nintendo. Born in Toronto, Canada, she lives in Pasadena, California, with her (adult) kitten, Pete Conrad.