George Morgan’s (Screenwriting, 2014) first book, Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist, has been selected by Amazon has one of the Best Books of July. This follows rave reviews in a number of publications, including, most recently, Scientific America and Library Journal, which raved:
Morgan (playwright in residence, Cal Tech) is the son of
rocket scientist Mary Sherman Morgan (1921–2004). Here he recounts the role she played in enabling the rocket launch that carried America’s first satellite into space in 1958. She is credited with inventing Hydyne, the liquid fuel used to lift Explorer 1 into orbit. The strength of this biography rests in how the author contextualizes his mother’s story within the better-known one of Wernher von Braun during NASA’s early days. This is an accessible and enjoyable read, covering Mary Sherman Morgan’s young life in North Dakota through her career working as a chemist for North American Aviation. Morgan initially told his mother’s story in a play of the same title; his playwriting skills are evident here.