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Defying Limits

An inspirational, uplifting, and life-affirming memoir about passion, resilience and living life to the fullest, from Dr. Dave Williams, one of Canada’s most accomplished astronauts.

Dr. Dave Williams

Dr. Williams 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." Curious indeed.

Dr. Williams never lost his desire to explore nor his fascination with the world. Whether he was exploring the woods behind his childhood home or floating in space at the end of the Canadarm, Williams tried to see every moment of his life as filled with beauty and meaning. He learned to scuba dive at only twelve years old, became a doctor despite academic struggles as an undergraduate, and overcame stiff odds and fierce competition to join the ranks of the astronauts he had idolized as a child.

There were setbacks and challenges along the way — the loss of friends in the Columbia disaster, a cancer diagnosis that nearly prevented him from returning to space — but through it all, Williams never lost sight of his goal. And when he finally had the chance to fly among the stars, he came to realize that although the destination can be spectacular, it's the journey that truly matters.

In Defying Limits, Williams shares the events that have defined his life, showing us that whether we're gravity-defying astronauts or earth-bound terrestrials, we can all live an infinite, fulfilled life by relishing the value and importance of each moment. The greatest fear that we all face is not the fear of dying, but the fear of never having lived. Each of us is greater than we believe. And, together, we can exceed our limits to soar farther and higher than we ever imagined. (From Simon & Schuster)

Interviews

During Shuttle Mission STS118, Canadian astronaut Dave Williams walked in space for nearly nineteen hours. We walk there with him, as Dr. Joe MacInnis accompanies Williams (and all the other astronauts on that mission) in a voyage that very few will ever take. 53:59
When children are asked what they want to be when they grow up...a lot of them will likely answer "an astronaut" or "a doctor". Dr Dave Williams has made both of those childhood dreams happen.... But he's also faced personal challenges...he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004. He has written a new book called Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe and joins Rob 7:55