Born in Coalwood, West Virginia in February 1943. American author and former NASA engineer Homer Hickam has an estimated net worth of $1 million. He was a United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. Besides, Hickam also held a role as an engineer for the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command before becoming an aerospace engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. As an author he released his well-liked autobiographical novel Rocket Boys: A Memoir in 1998. The novel peaked at #1 as New York Times Best Seller and became the basis for the 1999 movie October Sky. Hickam also authored the Coalwood series which consists of Sky of Stone Rocket Boys, The Coalwood Way, and We Are not Afraid, and the Josh Thurlow series which comprises The Keeper’s Son, The Ambassador’s Son, and The Far Reaches. His other writing works include Torpedo Junction, Back to the Moon: A Novel, Red Helmet, and The Dinosaur Hunter.