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Jackie Kingon, Friday, 10-26-12 October 27, 2012

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Jackie Kingon, Friday, 10-26-12


Guest:  Jackie Kingon.  Topic:  We discuss Ms. Kingon’s new book, “Chocolate Chocolate Moons” which is a humorous mystery on the Moon & Mars.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies.  We welcomed Jackie Kingon to the show to discuss her new and very funny book, “Chocolate Chocolate Moons.”  Jackie’s website for more information as well as the articles discussed near the end of the program is at www.jackiekingon.com. To order the book from Amazon & to have Amazon make a donation to The Space Show/OGLF, please use http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Moons-Jackie-Kingon/dp/1477561803/ref=onegiantlea20 or http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Moons-ebook/dp/B00954NGNK/ref=onegiantlea20. In our first segment, Ms. Kingon talked about why she wrote the book and the influences upon her from the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson.  She explained her focus on eating, food, culinary treats, & more.  We read some passages & discussed the characters, especially Molly Marbles, the main character.  We talked about obese people going to the Moon to weigh 1/6th of what they do on Earth but they still look obese.  Molly is 287 lbs on Earth but only 47.6 lbs. on the Moon.  Molly gets to the Moon by winning a Good and Plenty Scholarship for two at the NeilArmstrongUniversity on the Moon. Molly got the scholarship based on being a plus-sized student and her “cholesterol readings, body-fat ratio, Fibonacci number sequence for digesting chocolate and high school cafeteria records.”  The story unfolds from there, goes to Mars, depicts a luxurious Martian hotel, and more.  Molly took her boyfriend Drew with her to ArmstrongUniversity but in short order, Drew dumped her.  Our guest talks about how she integrated real space facts into her story when available but she did not focus on rockets, propulsion, and transportation.  We also learn that while the Moon is the place for obese people, Mars for thin people.  Near the end of the first segment, Jackie talked about her art which you can find out more about by visiting her website.

In the second segment, we learned more about the mystery which is based on a poison in the Chocolate Moons.  Jackie tells us about some of the marketing issues for a book that falls in-between the science fiction and humor genres, especially in getting quality shelf space in book stores.  We talked about the luxurious Nirgal Palace Hotel on Mars, some of the other story characters, & the mystery surrounding the Chocolate Moons.  As our program was ending, we asked Jackie about her teaching experiences which she shared with us. Note that the two articles she mentioned are available on her website. Jackie said more about her art, especially in the Estee Lauder Collection.  Another item discussed was her naming of certain characters after famous historical people & characters.  Jackie is working on a sequel to the book which may become available during the next few years.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  At the end of the program, Jackie does give out her email address for those of you wanting to get in touch with her.



1. DougSpace - October 28, 2012

I have tried to use the guest search feature on TSS page but, when I go to that page, I see no search field. There is a lot of information about guests and dates down below but then I have to use a regular Ctrl-F to search that. Am I missing something? Also, the guest search page has no hyperlink to the audiofiles. So I have to go back, open up the archive dates and then go to the correct date to be able to find the correct link to the audiofile.

Also, I don’t think that there’s a hyperlink to TSS blog on TSS’s front page. Could one be added?

DougSpace - October 28, 2012

What I have found is a good way to search for speakers is, on the front page, to select the left drop down date and select the first date (June 2001 I believe) and then run that so that the front page reloads with every Space Show listed. Then I use the regular Edit > Find feature of the browser and am able to search the page for a guest speaker’s name. When I find what I am looking for, the hyperlink to the audio file of that program is right there. I myself click the right hand mouse button and select “Save Target As” which allows me to save an .mp3 file to my computer for later listening.

I just like to say that The Space Show’s archive is an invaluable resource that we should all be grateful for. It is like taking a college class with some of the best guest teachers.

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