Welcome to AstroClay!
Seems like nothing really ever slows down for #TheOrdinarySpaceman! My first book –The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut– has sold nearly 11,000 (and counting) copies , won awards, and was translated/released last year in China.
Now having been retired for over 5 years, I am enjoying the life of a retired astronaut! Continuing to hit the speaking circuit, while challenging everyone I meet to #DareToBeExtraordinary, I love to laud the earthly benefits of NASA’s efforts. Coupled with a part-time teaching gig at my alma mater Iowa State University, it has been equal parts fun, exhausting, and rewarding!
With the help of my management team at uniphigood, this year is looking to be special. You see, I’m releasing (with their help) two books. My first children’s book, entitled A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet –magnificently illustrated by Brooklyn’s Scott Brundage — was published by Sleeping Bear Press in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Just recently released, and available everywhere, you are going to absolutely love it, I guarantee! Then, in June, It’s a Question of Space: An Ordinary Astronaut’s Answers to Sometimes Extraordinary Questions hits the shelves. This paperback, published by the University of Nebraska Press (my partners for “The Ordinary Spaceman”), promises to enlighten young and old with my candid and often-humorous responses to questions that have been posed to me throughout my astronaut career. Keep an eye out for both of these books… I’d love to have you give them a look, and provide us with some feedback as to how we did! With these efforts, we are challenging people to #TurnPagesIntoDreams!
Continue to let us know how we’re doing… with honest and open feedback and communication. And if you need a really great speaker for your event? I’m your man. Actually, I’m your “Ordinary Spaceman!”
“Astronaut Clayton Anderson spoke to over 1000 of our members in October 2012 and was a success from start to finish. He is well-spoken, funny, educational, yet poignant and received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his talk. Clayton’s presentation appealed to all ages and gave the audience a clearer understanding into the life of a NASA astronaut” – Carrie May, Omaha Town Hall