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April 2020


We're really tired of this thing and we know you are too.

Don't be afraid, be aware. Stay safe, follow instructions and we'll get through it together.


Picture If You Will…


Next stop… The Corona Zone!

Over the last 16 years our local club launches have been cancelled due to rain, lightning, drought and wind but having a nationwide ban due to a virus is a first and it’s given an entirely new meaning to, distance from the pads… or each other. The whole situation is right out of The Corona Zone.

I understand the need for keeping 6 feet away from other people and self quarantine. It makes sense, especially if you or a loved one has a compromised immune system but now that they’ve extended the isolation time until April 30th it also means you have to come up with something to fill the time. By now most people have cleaned their homes, yards and reorganized the closets.

If the weather and your allergies permit, you could read, walk, jog or ride a bike and if you have kids, play board games. There’s nothing like Monopoly for hours of family squabbles, I mean family fun.


Of course, after you’ve done all of that there’s always TV, where there’s now 42,000 channels and still nothing on. Or is there? If you have Amazon Fire, Hulu or one of the other “everything that’s ever been on TV” providers, it’s a great time to go back to your childhood, or that of your grandfather, when science fiction would scare the living heck out of you.

Those old black & white sci-fi / horror movies with their eerie music and few special effects left much of the visuals to your own imagination and that could be far more scary than what was seen on screen.


Just in case you’re at a loss for some of the classics I’ll list a few of my favorites that you may want to check out over the next few weeks beginning with my all-time favorite -  the original 1951, The Thing From Another World. This one was directed by Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks. It starred Kenneth Toby and a very young James Arnes (Matt Dillion) with a host of well known character actors from the 1950’s.


And in no particular order, here’s a short list of a few others: Invasion Of The Saucer Men, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Twenty Million Miles To Earth, Forbidden Planet, the original War Of The Worlds, Earth vs The Flying Saucers, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Flight To Mars, It Came From Outer Space, Devil Girl From Mars, Teenagers From Outer Space.

And if space isn’t your thing there’s always: Them, Tarantula and Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman. These 3 are about the effects of too much atomic radiation. Them, features giant ants, Tarantula is about a super sized spider featuring a very young Clint Eastwood as the fighter pilot who saves the day and finally, Allison Hayes as the 50 foot woman. To be honest, I much prefer a 50 foot woman in a tattered dress to Godzilla any day.

If you want a laugh, look for any one of several Three Stooges space movies; their rocket looks like an elaborate coffee pot. And don't miss Zaza Gabor as, Queen Of Outer Space.

Most of these are free on YouTube and then there’s always Twilight Zone and Outer Limits loaded with weird space tales featuring rockets, saucers and mean aliens but whatever you do, don’t watch Plan 9 From Outer Space, it’s horrible! Really, even the actors didn’t want to watch it.



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Prefer Paperback? No Problem!

Signed / personalized paperback copies of Rocket Babe - Dust Storm, Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel, Rocket Babe - Ant Men and Rocket Babe - Reflection are all available directly from the author!

Books are great gifts for any occasion! Holidays, birthdays or just because!

Dust Storm $10.00
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Ant Men $13.00
Reflection $13.00

Standard book rate shipping: $4 for 1st book; $1 for each additional book per address in the same order. Please allow 7-10 days for shipping, longer during the holidays.

*Special "Set" pricing! Get all 4 books for $46.00 includes shipping within the continental U.S.! Saves over $10 off the regular price and shipping!

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Above you see a rare photo of Dave Miller, appropriately dressed in black as owner of the clandestine black ops organization known as Sirius Rocketry! What does he do in his spare time? He reads Rocket Babe, what else?

That's a nice looking Cestris Fighter he's holding too! Get yours from


Verna Starr Cestris Fighter!


This is our favorite Sirius kit, the Cestris. The kit is intended to fly on a single engine but it was easily modified to a 3 engine cluster complete with Verna Starr fighter decals, also available from Sirius.



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She'll go with you anywhere! Kevin, owner and moderator at the Alien Soup  sci-fi forum, enjoys Rocket Babe - Dust Storm between innings at a recent ballgame!


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