Last year, I attended the NASA-sponsored Launch Pad Workshop, a week-long camp in Laramie, Wyoming, to help science fiction authors learn astronomy. That way, they can get ideas and write more accurate stories! It was a lot of fun, and I had a fantastic time.
Registration is open again for Launch Pad 2010, with guest speaker Kevin Grazier, who is a planetary scientist and science advisor for TV shows, including Battlestar Galactica.
Launch Pad will be from July 11 - 18, 2010, and if you're a science fiction author you can apply to attend from now until March 31. And if you are an author, I urge you to go. It's more than just getting the science right; it's about inspiration, and there's plenty to be had in astronomy. Launch Pad is a great way to meet it head on.