Now, he's a scientist for NASA. And an award-winning science-fiction author.
Reading can help you become whatever you want. It helped Landis build Mars rovers for NASA. It can help you (or your kid) become an archaeologist or paleontologist or artist.
Reading can be (and often is) the first step for making a dream come true.
Then again, reading isn't where a dream ends. (Unless, of course, your dream is to read a lot. And that's a perfectly wonderful dream.)
Landis himself said, "The heart of science is doing things... Any place you can go and interact with the world, that's science."
So we don't want you to just read about science this summer, though we want you to do that too. We want everyone to get involved in science.
That's why we're bringing COSI our summer reading kickoff party this Saturday. That's why we're hosting Weird Science Wednesdays all this month. That's why storm chasers are coming to the library next month.
We want you to get out there, learn something new and have fun while doing it.
Landis did that and it took him all the way to Mars. Who knows where it can take you?