A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
I audaciously claim sole authorship of this book, but truly it is a work in-
fluenced, aided, and dependent on the graciousness of many others. I am
indebted to the many researchers who opened up their labs and lives to
me. The MIT exoplanet community kindly allowed me and my notebook to
attend their meetings. Sara Seager was not only an informant but a mentor
as well. Josh Winn, Leslie Rogers, Sukrit Ranjan, and Nikku Madhusudan
shared their research and their wonder with me. It was serendipitous that
Debra Fischer was on sabbatical in Cambridge when I was looking for a
guide to take me to an observatory. Not only did she invite me, a stranger,
on a research trip but she offered friendship and support throughout
my research. Carol Stoker similarly took the risk of inviting me to live in
close quarters with her for two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station.
Michael Broxton found a home for me at NASA Ames Research Center, and
I thank Terry Fong for giving me a desk in the Pirate Lab and Zack Moratto,
Ted Scharff, Mike Lundy, Ross Beyer, and Ara Nefian for their camaraderie.
Thanks also to the numerous scientists at NASA and those who, when visit-
ing MIT, patiently and engagingly answered my questions in interviews and
informal conversations. Thanks also to Glenn Bugos and April Gage, who
run the history office at NASA Ames.