To boldly go . . .
Donna Shirley, who bucked sexism to become an aerospace engineer and went on to lead NASA's Mars program, now heads Seattle's new Science Fiction Museum (Chicago Tribune)
- She says sci-fi themes -- including cloning, nanotechnology and post-apocalyptic survival -- address increasingly real concerns about life on Earth. "It was science fiction," she said during a museum tour, "but now it's drifting toward reality." More