Les Johnson is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist. His most recent novel, On to the Asteroid, with co-author Travis Taylor, was released by Baen in August 2016. Les’s previous SF books include Going Interstellar and Rescue Mode (with Ben Bova) and the popular science books Solar Sails, Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth and Sky Alert: When Satellites Fail. He is the Technical Advisor for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama where he serves as the Principal Investigator for the Near Earth Asteroid Scout solar sail mission that will launch in 2018.
Les has numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and has been published in Analog. He has appeared on numerous television documentaries for the Science Channel,Nat Geo and the Discovery Channel; was the featured ‘Interstellar Explorer’ in the January 2013 issue of National Geographic; and was interviewed on Public Radio’s Science Friday. He is a member of the National Space Society, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, The British Interplanetary Society, The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and MENSA.