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The Ice and the Stars

The Ice and the Stars

by Jim McMurtray


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With rich imagery and compelling characters, the Ice and the Stars tells a story of two human communities separated by a yawning gulf of years. What happens when a chance discovery radically changes our perceptions of human history?

Art found in caves can be only a tiny fraction of the that produced by our early ancestors. The great bulk of Paleolithic artistry was surely created elsewhere and lost to the elements thousands of years ago. What are the chances then, that the work of a truly gifted ancient artist will be discovered in our time?

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ISBN-13: 9781502890436
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

James William (Jim) McMurtray was born in the Mississippi Delta in 1945. He worked as a science teacher and planetarium director before serving 20 years as a contractor to NASA's Education Division. During this period he presented lectures and workshops on NASA astronomy and space science missions throughout the United States and in Mexico, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.

In 1984-1985 he was an instructor in NASA's Space Flight Participant Program, conducting seminars for the 114 candidates of the original Teacher in Space Project. In 2004, McMurtray presented testimony to the President's Commission on Implementation of US Space Exploration Policy, (Moon, Mars and Beyond) He is the retired Executive Director of the National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions in Washington, DC in 2009 and continues to serve NASSMC as Senior Policy Advisor.

McMurtray has written two novels, Accountable (2014) and The Ice and the Stars (2009). He is the author of Barbarian Science, a humorous book on science literacy in America, (1999), and Starlight, a nationally distributed planetarium show on the physics of stars (1981). McMurtray still writes and speaks on systems thinking and structural reform in science, technology, and mathematics education. He builds boats -- some that fit in bottles and some that you can sit in. He and his wife Donna live in Annandale, VA. They have five grown children and seven grandchildren -- for whom he sometimes makes up bedtime stories.

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