Space history author Jeff Kluger launches virtual tour for sci-fi thriller Holdout

"Holdout" by best-selling author Jeffrey Kluger will be released Aug. 3, 2021. (Image credit: Dutton)
Holdout by best-selling author Jeffrey Kluger will be released Aug. 3, 2021. (Image credit: Dutton)

Best-selling writer Jeffrey Kluger, author of Apollo 13 with astronaut James Lovell, will launch a virtual tour Tuesday (June 1) to promote his first fiction book Holdout.

The book, which will be released on Aug. 3 by Dutton (an imprint of Penguin Random House), follows the fictional character Walli Beckwith, a celebrated astronaut who works to raise environmental awareness during a mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Amazon rainforest is burning and its Indigenous people are being exterminated and the Brazilian government (and any governments standing by) are to blame, Dutton said in a plot description. With Beckwith's niece somewhere in the flames that she watches grow every day from her commandeered ISS, and the entire world watching, Beckwith may be the one person who can force the hand of the American president and inspire collective global action to help the people hundreds of miles below her.

The Holdout book tour, held virtually due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic quarantine restrictions, will visit three locations in August and include astronaut conversations at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Commonwealth Club of California.

Kluger is editor-at-large at Time magazine, overseeing science and technology reporting. He is the author of several books, including a few on space exploration.

Kluge said, Having covered the history, the science, and the nonfiction sweep of space for so much of my career, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to tap into that background and spin a tale of pure imagination. 'Holdout' is a work of fiction, but its roots are sunk deep in fact. Writing this book was an act of joy and, frankly, just plain fun.

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