© 2018 by Dave Williams MD

"Riveting, inspiring words from a man who has the right, bright stuff...." 

Dr. Joe MacInnis, Author of Deep Leadership

  Dr. Dave has led the sort of life that most people only dream of. He has set records for spacewalking. He has lived undersea for weeks at a time. He has saved lives as an emergency doctor, launched into the stratosphere twice and performed surgery in zero gravity.

  But if you ask him how he became so accomplished, he'll say: "I'm just a curious kid from Saskatchewan." He learned to scuba dive at only 12 years old, became a doctor despite academic struggles, and overcame stiff odds and fierce competition to join the ranks of astronauts he had idolized as a child.

  This is an inspirational, life affirming memoir about being an astronaut and a doctor, but more importantly an adventurer and explorer of the world. 

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Dave Williams is a Canadian hero. As a distinguished Canadian astronaut, he was part of an elite core of individuals who have had both the courage and the privilege to turn their dreams into reality. Through Dave’s story, we can all be inspired to set goals, overcome obstacles, and through hard work and determination know that we can make a difference.

Riveting, inspiring words from a man who has the right, bright stuff. It’s all here, from his pitch-perfect pursuit of becoming a physician and astronaut to the perilous, peerless moments during three space walks when wonder captures his heart like love. This is a bracingly informative portrait about exploration, discovery and what makes life worth living.

Dave Williams is a Canadian hero. As a distinguished Canadian astronaut, he was part of an elite core of individuals who have had both the courage and the privilege to turn their dreams into reality. Through Dave’s story, we can all be inspired to set goals, overcome obstacles, and through hard work and determination know that we can make a difference.

The path to becoming an astronaut is varied, but always challenging. What these privileged individuals share is the right stuff; a willingness to go beyond and do whatever it takes in a calm and focused manner to achieve mission success. In his book, Dave describes how his passion for aviation and medicine set him on the path to becoming a Canadian astronaut. As commander of STS-118, we flew together on a mission to help build the international space station. Dave’s humility, team work, leadership and operational skill proves that he too has the right stuff. I’d fly with him again anytime.

​An inspirational tale of a remarkable Canadian doctor, astronaut, space walker, aquanaut, CEO and loving father who turned failure into astounding accomplishments in space and on the ground. A fabulous example of how to live life to the fullest.

Every astronaut is deeply affected by the experience of viewing Earth from space, but how do you share that feeling with others who will never be there? Canadian astronaut Dave Williams uses his most brilliant moments in space--floating alone, anchored only by a tether--to remind himself, and us, to cherish every moment here on Earth. Very few of us can be astronauts, but we can all do that.

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Dr. Dave Series on Space

Inspiring reads for budding scientists.

How many kids dream of becoming an astronaut one day? Wouldn’t it be great to float in space and do neat experiments? But before all the “fun” begins, it takes an incredible amount of hard work to prepare for the ride of a lifetime.

This four book series is not just for kids interested in space! The books touch on all aspects of science in an inspiring format that will capture the imagination of all readers. Training like an astronaut is based on a life time love of learning, a passion for reading and a curiosity about our planet and solar system. 

Dr. Dave is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist, CEO and former Director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA Johnson Space Center.

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