Search form

Inspire, Enable, Propel

Sputnik's Child, a novel by Fred Ledley

Sputnik's Child, a novel by Fred Ledley

This engaging novel recalls the events that shaped the ideas and lives of the baby boom generation and laid the groundwork for an age of technology and its challenges.

Jackie is Sputnik’s Child, born on October 4, 1957, the day that a human satellite first escaped the gravity of Earth for the heavens. This is her story, and a history of the baby boom generation, forged in an Age of Aquarius, which found faith in the promise of technologies powerful enough to transport men to the Moon and picture the Earth as it might appear to God. Jackie and her friends come of age amidst the turbulence of the 1960s, frightened by race riots, civil defense drills, terrorism, and the Vietnam War. They find ideas that will guide them through adulthood in the civil rights movement, the spirit of Woodstock, family traditions, and the conquest of space. For Jackie, the image of astronauts orbiting and walking on the Moon gives her confidence that the frightful problems on Earth can be solved. As her faith and friendships mature through an era of social malaise, the “Me” Decade, and a time of irrational exuberance, she achieves personal and professional success communicating the promise of the emerging age of technology. But when her daughter is diagnosed with a disease that has no known cause or cure, Jackie is confronted with a crisis of faith.

Author Biography: Dr. Fred Ledley is an accomplished physician, scientist, entrepreneur, and member of the baby boom generation. He has written extensively on topics ranging from biology and medicine to philosophy, ethics, education, and the sense of wonder. In his first novel, Sputnik’s Child, he provides a human perspective on the ideas that influenced his generation and the faith that will inform the future. Ledley is a professor of Natural & Applied Scienses, professor of Management and director of the Center for Integration of Science & Industry at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts where he teaches biology, management and futurism.

Partner Level: 
Certified Companies
Postal code: 
United States

Certified Products and Services by This Partner:

Eagle Shield
Saber Astronautics
Aribio - the Bridge of Life Science
Space Boy and His Dog
Advance Flexible Materials/Heatsheet
The Carpet and Rug Institute
Salt Cases, LLC
NORAD Tracks Santa
Astronaut Foods and Astronaut Ice Cream
Sputnik's Child, a novel by Fred Ledley
Little Mary Sunshine LLC
Intergalactic Education

Share This Page

Share this page with friends and bookmark for future reference.

Share on Facebook Tweet This Share on LinkedIn

Additional networks and bookmarking websites:


Give Us Feedback

We want to hear from you! Feel free to send us your comments about this page. General feedback for the Space Foundation is also welcome.