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Julian Guthrie loves telling stories.

As a journalist and an author, she has made a career out of finding and telling some of the most remarkable stories of our day – stories that delight, inspire, provoke, confound, and stay with us. She gravitates to stories about underdogs, about big and seemingly impossible dreams, technological breakthroughs, risk-taking, and unconventional wisdom. Guthrie’s stories convey powerful messages. As a journalist for 20 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, Guthrie won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Public Service Award. Her feature writing and enterprise reporting were nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize. Her articles have also been published by The Wall Street Journal, Time,, Forbes, and The Huffington Post.

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Praise for How to Make a Spaceship

"[How to Make a Spaceship] reads like a thriller . . . The story sounds incredible, as if torn from the pages of science fiction. And it has a happy ending."

- The Washington Post

"If you admire those who aim really high, How to Make a Spaceship belongs on your bookshelf. . . . [It] offers a rousing anthem to the urge to explore."

- The Wall Street Journal

"When the history of 21st century American space efforts is written decades or centuries from now, this book will be a valuable contemporary record of what it was like when humanity was trying to break out of its home."

- San Francisco Chronicle

"[How to Make a Spaceship] includes enough death-defying stunts, madcap schemes, wild coincidences, and rousing redemptive moments to fuel a dozen Hollywood blockbusters."


"In How to Make a Spaceship, journalist Julian Guthrie tackles the story of private spaceflight. Readers who want to know about its early days will revel in her charismatic sketches of the space geeks, entrepreneurs and aviation buffs who made SpaceShipOne."

- Nature

"If readers are looking for scientific discussions, humorous anecdotes, and intense action, Guthrie covers those. The flights are written to make readers feel like they’re experiencing them in real time, nerves and all."

- Publishers Weekly

"Engaging . . . Just the thing for aspiring astronauts and rocketeers."

- Kirkus Reviews

"I don’t know how Julian Guthrie does it. In her last book, she didn’t race in the America’s Cup, yet readers felt they had. And now in How to Make a Spaceship, although she wasn’t strapped into the cockpit of the first civilian spacecraft to rocket into outer space, her vivid writing places readers right there. With the flair of a novelist and the precision of a fine journalist, she takes readers on a journey not just into space but into the hearts and minds of the adventurers who dare go where NASA no longer does. Her tale will quicken your pulse."

- Ken Auletta, author of Googled: The End of the World as We Know It

"The story of Peter Diamandis is a reminder of the power of passion and persistence. How to Make a Spaceship chronicles the amazing journey of a key figure in the private race to space—a dreamer who, in the face of multiple setbacks and naysayers, simply refused to let go of his dream."

- Arianna Huffington, author, cofounder of The Huffington Post

"Too few kids and young adults understand the power of science and technology. We need role models demonstrating the power of passion and perseverance to make dreams come true. How to Make a Spaceship is filled with innovators and doers. The story will inspire makers of all ages."

- Dean Kamen, inventor, entrepreneur, founder of FIRST Robotics

"This incredible book is The Right Stuff with afterburners. Intrepid designers and innovators risk their reputations. Gutsy test pilots risk their lives. Explorers push new boundaries of what so many once thought was impossible. All brought together by a real gravity-defying force, Peter Diamandis. How to Make a Spaceship is required reading for anyone who cares about space, aviation, and the future of flight."

- Captain Mark Kelly (USN, Ret.), former naval aviator, test pilot, and NASA astronaut

"This outstanding and compelling book shows the power of one man’s vision, and the ability of small teams to accomplish extraordinary things. How to Make a Spaceship will inspire and guide you to take on your own Moonshot."

- Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Author, Futurist and Chancellor, Singularity University

"[A book] that has the power to expand minds, while wholly captivating our imagination."

- Gwyneth Paltrow

"How to Make a Spaceship is an incredible story of passion and persistance."

- Pharrell Williams

"Need inspiration? Try this book."

- Seth Green

"Need inspiration for your own moonshot? Buy this book. Read it!"

- Tony Robbins