Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter One: Rocket Summer

Rocket Summer (January 1999/2030) – First published in Planet Stories, Spring 1947.

Arranged in chronological order, the stories of the book start in January 1999, with the blasting off of the first rocket to the planet Mars.

“Rocket Summer” is a short vignette that describes Ohio’s winter turning briefly into summer due to the extreme heat of the rocket’s take-off. The readers also learn the feelings of the nearby residence’s to the rocket’s launch.

A 1997 edition of the book advances all the dates by 31 years from 1999 to 2030.

Author: Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a full-time writer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, to a career military father and stay at home mother. He lived in six states and attended eight different schools before graduating high school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in English and Military Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts and Master of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the Doctor of Education degree. Before writing full-time, he worked as a US Army officer for 10-years, religious educator for 18-years, and as an IT software application engineer for over 20-years. He is a widower. He lives in North Texas with his cat Lacey.