Rod Pyle is a producer, writer and director of documentary programming for The History Channel and Discovery Communications, as well as an author of non-fiction books. Notable work includes "Modern Marvels: Apollo 11" for Hearst Communications and "In Their Own Words: The Space Race" for First Person Audio. Rod was formerly the Vice President of Communications for the World Space Foundation, a space-advocacy association based in Los Angeles and closely aligned with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. While there he was the senior editor and contributor to their two publications, "The Astronautics Journal" and "Foundation News." Both publications highlighted the Foundation’s significant work in solar sail technology and plans for a NASA-supported Lunar Polar Base on the moon. Rod is a frequent contributor to other publications, including Dreamwatch, a UK-based science fiction magazine.
Rod spent two years as a visual effects consultant on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and was a visual effects producer for Joe Dante’s Warlords: Battle for the Galaxy for Paramount Studios. He co-produced and was the lead researcher for Patrick Stewart’s Nine Worlds, a CD-ROM released by Paramount Interactive, and was editor and webmaster of the product’s award-wining website for three years.
Rod was formerly employed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA, where he served in various capacities for over 10 years. During his tenure, he produced Launchlink, a public celebration of NASA’s Space Shuttle in conjunction with NASA and FOX-TV, as well as authoring numerous handbooks. He was also a liaison to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for numerous unmanned planetary programs including Voyager’s 1 and 2.
Current efforts include a WWII feature documentary entitled "War Without Mercy", to premiere in 201, as well as the completion of a compilation of historical interviews for The Hoover Insitution at his alma mater, Stanford University.
His recent book "Missions to the Moon," is available now. Published by Carlton Books, UK, it will be published in the US by Sterling. Reviews are currently underway.
His book "Destination Moon" was released on November 1, 2005, and is being reprinted for 2009. Rod produced "Beyond the War of the Worlds" which is currently playing on The History Channel. His company, Cinema Pacific Ent., recently completed 13 episodes of "Feng Shui Living" for the Veria Network.
Upcoming projects include a book on the exploration of Mars for Prometheus Books and a major educational outreach program in conjunction with NASA, as well as a series of space-themed books for the iPad.
Rod lives in Pasadena, CA.