The New Book: How To Make A Spaceship
Recently, an amazing author, Julian Guthrie (who wrote Larry Ellison's biography, The Billionaire and the Mechanic) approached me about writing my biography and the story of the XPRIZE.
I'm humbled and proud to say that she wrote an amazing book called How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, An Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight.
The book has a foreword written by Sir Richard Branson and an afterword by none other than Prof. Stephen Hawking.
My greatest hope for this book is that it inspires entrepreneurs around the world to take their own moonshots and solve big, bold problems, in the same way that these three books inspired me:
- The Man Who Sold The Moon by Robert Heinlein inspired me to start the Google Lunar XPRIZE and Planetary Resources.
- The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil motivated me to co-create Singularity University.
- The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles Lindbergh inspired me to launch the $10M Ansari XPRIZE.
PAYING IT FORWARD… It's for this reason that I want to help Julian (and her publisher Random House/Penguin) get this book into the hands of as many people as possible. The book tells the story of big dreams, huge risks, eye-opening innovations and history made. It shows the power of small teams to do big things.
To promote and publicize the book, Julian and her publisher Random House/Penguin have launched a competition (with $100,000 worth of prizes)… sort of their own mini-XPRIZE.