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The Moon in Science Fiction
Mankind's dreams of space exploration focused first on
our closest celestial neighbor, the Moon. Jules Verne and H.G. Wells both
wrote classic stories on such travels. The following is a bibliography
of science fiction (and some fantasy) novels and short stories in which Earth's satellite
has a major or at least significant role. Some of the citations are incomplete,
but this will be remedied as time permits.
I have had a great deal of help with this bibliography.
First a heartfelt thanks to subscribers of SF-Lovers and to the many visitors to this site for their comments and suggestions. And a note of special appreciation to Spike MacPhee someone whose extensive knowledge of the SF genre has been of incalculable value in compiling this work.
The Moon in Science Fiction is a dynamic list of sources
that will continue to grow. I invite comments, corrections and additions. Look for to find recent publications or items which have been recently added or updated.
Titles that are highlighted will take you to
an excellent source for purchasing new, reprints, and out-of-print books, meanwhile remember that many of these titles can be borrowed from your local Public Library.
"It is the twenty-first Century. Earth's space program is thriving, with a colony in place on the Moon. And then an incredible discovery is made on the lunar farside. A massive structure is being erected by living machines --microscopically small, intelligent, unstoppable, consuming whatever they touch. All who come near them die horribly..." From the cover.
Anderson, Poul. "The Light"
A short story. An expedition to the Moon discovers evidence of a previous expedition from Earth - by Leonardo da Vinci.
"It is the most significant scientific discovery in history; proof that there is life on the Moon. Contacting it will be a task of magical proportions, which should be no problem for Ginny, a licensed witch, and her husband Steve, an engineer and werewolf. Even more challenging may be finding out who is trying to sabotage them, and therefore ruin the greatest magical and scientific achievement of the century."
Winner of the Hugo Award.
Bantam Spectra; Reprint edition (October 1990).
From the publisher: "Only a few know the terrifying truth--an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun. They know the truth--but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy--but who will believe? These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival."
Asimov, Isaac. The Key.
Mystery short story in which a two man Moon expedition finds a mind
altering alien artifact.
Asimov, Isaac. The Singing Bell.
Mystery short story in which illegal Moon-gem mining is central.
From the publisher: "Two centuries after a nuclear conflagration destroyed one way of life and spawned a far deadlier one, all that stands between extinction of the human race and freedom is a band of renegades who have declared war against ominous forces that claimed Earth eons ago. More than a struggle for survival, it is a fight to salvage the collective soul of humanity from the sinister architects of mankind. As the ruling oligarchy of nine barons rebuilds what was once the United States after an internecine war for power, a mysterious entity is attempting to impose a dark destiny on Earth. Kane and Grant, once part of the brutal police machine of a feudalistic order, are now leaders in a rebellion by those who once served the malevolent imposers. But the tides of battle turn once more with the discovery of a functional pre-dark Moon base, whose human defenders are all that stand between Earth and its obliteration. "
"In the changing political and economic world of the 21st century, America has established a permanent Moonbase, along with manned expeditions to near Earth asteroids. During an archaeological dig on the Moon, Americans discover an alien base with what appears to be teleportation and time travel equipment. But where are the aliens?"
Bacteria-like particle were brought to the Earth in Moon rocks from the Apollo program. These particles eat rock, transforming it into liquid, and then into molecule-sized black holes that devour the very fabric of space-time. An expedition is hurriedly sent to the Moon to try and solve the mystery of this plague before all life on our world is destroyed.
Baxter, Stephen. "Sun-Drenched" In: Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction. Edited by Nicola Griffith & Stephen Pagel. Overlook Press, 1998.
This alternate Apollo stories is about two astronauts stranded on the Moon after their orbiter blows up. One of them is gay, a fact always kidded about among the astronaut corps but never confronted until now." (From Locus Nov. 1998 reviews by Mark R. Kelly.)
Baxter, Stephen. "People Came From Earth."
In: Moon Shots. DAW, 1999.
Set on a dying Moon colony long after Earth has become ancient history. This short story can also be found in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection. edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, NY: St. Martin's, 2000.
Baxter, Stephen. The Time Ships. New York: HarperPrism, c1995 and Harper Mass Market PaperbacksReprint edition, 1996.
At one point in this novel the Moon is terraformed while the Earth is a frozen wasteland.
From Locus, Oct 2002. "Heads" concerns an entrpreneurial Lunar settlement which finds its plan to import several hundred cryogenically frozen human heads, in the hope of eventually decoding the information locked up in the brains, inexplicably and violently challenged by a pseudo-religious cult which has amassed considerable political clout both on the Earth and on the Moon...
Republished by Bart Books; November 1988.
Aliens kidnap a human by intercepting a matter transmitter. They take him to their base on the Moon. Contains an excellent sequence on a Moonbase established, by humans, using a matter transmitter.
Bisson, Terry. "The Hole in the Hole." In: Asimov's.
The discovery of a Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) in a Brooklyn junkyard leads to the discovery of a back door to the Moon.
Bisson, Terry. "The Shadow Knows." In: Asimov's. Sep. 1994. This story also appears in Isaac Asimov's Moons NY: Ace, 1997.
"The author offers us a First Contact story - but, as is to be expected,in Bisson's hands, this familiar territory is full of unexpected twist and surprises, wry, funny, poignant, and quietly profound."
Blish, James, and Norman L. Knight. A Torrent of Faces. 1967.
A trillion person Earth in 2794 learns that Flavia asteroid will impact
Unistam continent in forty days. A laser is built at Aristarchus to boil
off some of the asteroid mass. Minor reference, p. 255, and perhaps one
Boulle, Pierre. Garden on the Moon. New York: Vanguard, 1965.
US, Soviets, and Japan trying for the first Lunar landing.
Hard science fiction novel about a privatized Lunar project. Paul Stavenger, ex-astronaut, has a dream of expanding the former government run Moonbase, but in the high stakes corporate world he is bitterly opposed by his stepson Greg Masterson.
Sequel to Moonrise. Earth bans nanotechnology and Moonbase declares its independence.
Bova, Ben. When the Sky Burned. 1973.
Breuer, Miles J. and Jack Williamson. The Birth of a New Republic. AMZ Quarterly, 1931; 1981.
A Lunar colony wages a war of independence.
Brin, David. Earth. New York : Bantam Books, 1990 and Spectra, Reprint edition 1991.
A war fought with "gasers" (gravitational lasers) first hits
the Moon with a lump of arctic ice and later with a self contained habitat
of humans and animals - opening the way to colonization after the war is
Brown, Eric. "Steps Along the Way."
In: Moon Shots. DAW, 1999.
Brown, Frederick. "Honeymoon In Hell." In: Honeymoon
In Hell, 1958.
A collection of stories in which the title story (originally published
in Galaxy,1950) is about sending an American man and a Russian woman to
Hell Crater on the Moon to see if they can conceive a male child, because
every woman on Earth can only conceive females.
An alien artifact - a maze - is discovered on the Moon. The mapping is done by human duplicates. The Moon can only be reached by a matter transmitter which copies a person but does not transport him. The duplicates are telepathically linked and it is in this way that the sinister maze is gradually mapped. With new introductions by Algis Budrys and Joseph Milicia. Reprint of the edition published by Fawcett.
Burroughs, Edgar Rice. The Moon Maid. In: "The Land that
Time Forgot, and, The Moon Maid: Two Science Fiction Novels by Edgar Rice
Burroughs; illustrated by J. Allen St. John" Dover Pubns., 1963.
From the back cover: "[This novel] projects the reader far into the future and far into space as it records the first voyage to the Moon (Which Burroughs has taking place in 2025), the conquest of the Earth by the moon, and centuries of struggle and oppression as the enslaved Earth men try to regain possession of their planet."
This reprint is actually made up of three novels originally published in magazine format - The Moon Maid (1923), The Moon Men (1925), and The Red Hawk (1925).
In this holocaust novel a huge asteroid nick-named Kali hurtles toward Earth bringing destruction with it.
There is one scene in which a Lunar marathon is held.
Clarke, Arthur C. If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth.
A short story in which the Moon colony holds the only post- apocalyptic survivors.
Clarke, Arthur C. The Other Side of the Sky. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1958.
An anthology including several short stories about a tripartite American, Russian, and British expedition to the Moon. There are stories on archery, gem collecting, and plant breeding on the Moon, as well as British income tax avoidance.
Clarke, Arthur C. Prelude to Space New York : Harcourt, Brace
& World, 1970, c1954.
Reissued by Del Rey, 1992.
"Here is the compelling story of the launching of Prometheus -- Earth's first true spaceship -- and of the men who made it happen."
Reissued by Bantam Spectra, 1990.
A conference of scientists and politicians is held at the Moon colony to decide what to do about Rama. Political tensions between the space colonies and Earth are depicted.
Clarke, Arthur C. Report from...
A short story that ends: Yes, the moon is now made of green cheese.
Clarke, Arthur C. The Secret . 1963.
Short story dealing with a secret benefit to living on the Moon.
Clarke, Arthur C. The Sentinel. 1951.
A short story that formed the basis for the movie and novel 2001:
A Space Odyssey.
Clarke, Arthur C.; Lee, Gentry. The Cradle in Orbit. New York:
Warner Books, 1988.
Clement, Hal, ed. First Flights to the Moon. Garden City, NY:
An anthology of Moon stories with an introduction by Isaac Asimov.
Clement, Hal. The Ranger Boys In Space. L.C. Page, 1956.
Adults can't take zero gee, so four teenagers are trained to make the
first Lunar landing.
This novel is a direct sequel to Clough's 1997 book How Like a God. Edwin Barbarossa, who's been working on Earth's Moon colony, is involved in a space shuttle accident. As the only survivor, he is at first proclaimed a hero and then falls under the suspicion of authorities who cannot explain how Barbarossa survived when all others on the shuttle perished. For a complete review of this work see Locus, April, 2000.
Cohen, Barney. Blood on the Moon. Tor, 1984.
One hundred years in the future, the moon has just experienced its first mass homicide. Murders without motive? Or some complex and heinous conspiracy? Space adventurer Asher Bockhorn and his friend Pekkar Foskollio find the answers.
Collins, Ron and Linda L. Dunn. "Moonlighting". In: Artemis. Spring, 2000.
"This story concerns partners in a lunar mining operation that is in danger of going bankrupt because the miners are on strike..." (from Locus, Sept. 1999).
Correy, Lee [pseud. of G. Harry Stine]. Contraband Rocket. New
York: Ace, 1956.
In 2050, the SouthWestern Rocket Society attempts to refit a scrapped
spaceship and make the first private-citizens' trip to the Moon, but the
UN only allows governments and corporations to legally operate spaceships.
Craigie, Dorothy. Voyage of the Luna I. New York: Messner, 1949.
A novel about two stowaway children on the first Moon ship. [Juvenile].
Crowther, Peter, editor. Moon Shots. New York: DAW, 1999.
Reissued by Paper Star, 1999.
Young Adult book.
From the publisher: It's the year 2075 and students take classes in ESP, people live in malls, there aren't any parks left, and thanks to an airtight dome there is a colony on the Moon. Aurora couldn't be happier--she's part of the "in" crowd, her best friend is a celebrity, and Matthew has asked her to Homecoming. But Aurora's parents have new jobs on the Moon, and she and her little sister must leave their friends and schools to go with them. Aurora is sure she will hate life on the Moon.
Davis, Hank. "Squatter's Rights." In: If March, 1967.
Antarctica turns out to be a huge, living alien, which came here eons ago in its spaceship - the Moon.
DeBergerac, Cyrano. Histoire Comique de la Lune (A Voyage to the Moon) 1657.
In this book, Cyrano flies with a multi-stage rocket to the Moon and first lands in Paradise, where he meets some biblical figures. Then he comes to the city of the giants, where he is at first shown as a monstrosity on a fair. Later, he is brought to court, where he tries to prove that he is human, that he is gifted with reason and that the moon the Lunarians see is the real Earth. He is seen as a parrot with the ability to speak and his defense of the Aristotelian science evoke laughter. On the one hand, his comic history of the Moon, as the French title says, is a humorous story, always funny and pleasant to read. On the other hand, descriptions of mankind as beasts without reason are likely to irritate the reader. (Information provided by Matthias Bode.)
Del Rey, Lester. Mission to the Moon. Winston, 1950.
Second book in a series and prequel to Moon of Mutiny. First landing
on the Moon. Fred Halpern tries to make the first solo flight.
Del Rey, Lester. Moon of Mutiny. New York: Holt, Rinehart and
Charged with insubordination for refusing to follow orders, and endangering
the lives of others, a rebellious cadet is dismissed from the Goddard Space
Academy and seeks to join the Moon colony.
Di Filippo, Paul. "The Man Who Stole the Moon."
In: Moon Shots. DAW, 1999.
Di Vono, Sharman. Blood Moon. New York: DAW, 1999.
"In the early part of the 21st century, the United States renewed its commitments to the space programs, building a base on the far side of the Moon. The first four missions of the new century went off without a htich. But on the fifth mission disaster struck. First came an urgent message from Farside Base, then a total loss of communications. The launch of the FS-6 team was moved up to mount a rescue mission to Farside. But when they reached the base, they found a situation beyond human comprehension. The station was a mess, with graffiti scrawled everywhere, including the mysterious phrase, 'food for the Moon.' Two members of the FS-5 team were dead, obviously murdered. A third died of fright soon after they found her. And the mission commander and 2 other astronauts were missing. Suddenly the FS-6 team found themselves becoming de facto detectives in a murder investigation for which there were no easy answers. And hanging over them was the threat that whatever claimed the sanity and lives of their friends and colleagues might at any moment strike at them!"
"is about a man who lives in a Truman Show-esque world, that is completely artificial. Living in a town that is a set, his profession, from which he has made millions, is deciphering a code in the daily paper, and he has done it every day for years. In reality, the code that he deciphers details the places on Earth where the Lunar Rebellion will next strike. He discovers the trickery, and escapes, eventually discovering modern society and in the end, finding his way to the Lunar rebels, where, he plans to give them the information to destroy the Earth-based enemy who have held him captive for so many years." Thanks to Matthew T. for this information.
Drury, Allen. The Throne of Saturn.Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971.
Part of an ill-fated attempt to fly to Mars, as depicted in Allen Drury's1971 novel, involved the practice of landings on the Moon. (Thanks to Joe Bader for information on this novel.)
From the publisher: "Has a miracle been televised from the moon? Something has happened at CATLUM 1, an isolated mission in the lunar highlands. The Vatican says it wants to know the truth, so does the CIA. A media storm trooper and his corporate allies plot a deadly scheme, while a scientific team is sent from earth to examine the man at the center of the controversy. Is he a saint or a dissolute fraud? Two women, one tied to the past, the other to the future, also wonder. He may hold the answers, if there are any..."
Garcia y Robertson, R. "Werewolves of Luna" In: Asimov's Science Fiction. mid-December, 1994. This story also appears in Isaac Asimov's Moons. New York: Ace, 1997.
"This fast-paced novella starts with a space-suited man running out of air on the barren surface of the Moon, and from there runs us at full-tilt through a gauntlet of escapes, chases, near-abductions, con games, heroic quests, deadly dangers, and bizarre adventures, complete with space pirates, aliens, high-stake gamblers, computer gamers, knights in armor, genies, houris, vampires, and of course, the eponymic Werewolves of Luna themselves."
Two astronauts - a male and a female - meet in a lunar base, decide to go for a picnic on the surface when they can have some privacy. They take an inflatable tent, strip off naked, then the real fun begins.... but not in the way you thought. (Information provided by Martin Dawson.)
Sequel to Jumping Off the Planet.
From Booklist: "The three young Dingillian brothers, aided by loquacious money launderer Alexei Krislov, must sneak off Geosynchronous Station to the Moon. There they take a long hike across the rugged surface, which abounds with technological and natural wonders, and meet more perils than Pauline ever faced, as well as suspected human treachery on all sides. "
Sequel to Bouncing Off the Moon. From the back cover: Having divorced his parents and escaped to the moon, Charles and his brothers find themselves faced with a most difficult decision. Unable to return to Earth, where do they go? One option is the distant Earth colony Outbeyond. Complicating matters, he and HARLIE – a state of the art intelligence unit – have become valuable commodities in a Free Luna movement. A hijacking aboard ship, however, and suspicion’s of HARLIE’s true motives could doom the brothers’ bid for freedom – forever. Book 3 in the Starsiders Trilogy.
Gibson, Edward. In the Wrong Hands. New York: Bantam. 1992.
From Ingram: "Joe Rebello, an unconventional astronaut from the World Space Federation, risks his life to penetrate a mysterious lunar laboratory, where the genetic experiments of a twisted genius threaten humanity."
Godfrey, Bob and Stan Hayward. Henry's Cat, The Moon Trip. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1983.
Godwin, Francis. Man in the Moon. 1638.
"The protagonist Domingo Gonzales is brought to the moon by domesticated geese. He meets giants up there. The larger they are, the older they get. Life on the moon is happy, because no lawyers disturb the peace, a motif quite often used in the following time, namely by Swift. " (Information on this story provided by Matthias Bode.)
Golde, Kenneth. Apollo Main. Fire Breathing Dragon, Inc., 2000.
"A war fought in space. A love torn between planets. An ore miner on the Moon leads the Lunar Colonists in a Revolutionary War fought against the government of Earth. The secret to their freedom, or their destruction, lays hidden deep under the surface of the Moon, in the great mine called Apollo Main."
Greenland, Colin. The Way To Norwich.
In: Moon Shots. DAW, 1999.
Gribbin, John and Marcus Chown. Double Planet. Avon, 1991.
Gribbin, John and Marcus Chown. Reunion. 1991
Sequel to Double Planet.
Grousset, Paschal (1844-1909) The Conquest of the Moon; A Story
of the Bayouda. New York: Arno Press; 1975.
From the publisher: Sci-Fi Meets CSI. When humanity's only moon colony suffers its first murder, it's up to the forensic experts of Luna City Special Investigations to solve the case.
Harrison, Harry. The Daleth Effect; A Science Fiction Novel. New
York, Putnam 
Paperback issued by Berkley, 1977.
An Israeli scientist develops a space drive which is implemented in secret by the Danes. When a Russian Moon expedition crash lands, The Danes rescue them is a converted submarine. The Danes then set up a huge industrial development on the Moon for security reasons.
A young man, keen to travel to the moon, enters a soap competition offering a Moon trip as first prize. He wins a consolation prize (a space suit). He later is kidnapped by aliens who take him first to the Moon, and then to Pluto. The novel includes an attempt to escape across the lunar surface. [Juvenile].
Reprint edition by Tor, 1994.
In this short story, originally published in 1940, an old man fulfills his dream to journey to the Moon even though he knows the rigors of the trip will kill him. The is the same man, D. D. Harriman, who is the hero of The Man Who Sold the Moon.
Heinlein, Robert A. Rocket Ship Galileo.
A young adult novel about a group of kids and a scientist who put an atomic engine in a commercial rocket making it capable of travel to the Moon.
Heinlein, Robert A. The Rolling Stones. New York: Scribner,
Heinlein, Robert A. "Searchlight." In: The Past Through Tomorrow, New York: Putnam's, 1967.
A blind girl, lost on the Moon, is located by means of musical notes.
Heinlein, Robert A. Space Cadet. New York: Scribner, 1948.
Reissued by Ballantine in 1992.
Some very well done scenes take place on the Moon.
Heinlein, Robert A. The Star Beast. New York: Scribner, 1954 and Ballantine Books, Reissue edition (August 1995).
Aliens propose to demonstrate their powerful weapons harmlessly by
zapping the Moon. They are dissuaded by explaining that many colonists
"Helium-3, which promises clean, limitless energy for all mankind, is rare on Earth but abundant on the Moon - and rocket scientist Jack Medaris will do anything to get there. So he hijacks the space shuttle Columbia...and nothing - not break-downs, nor an unexpected hostage nor a shadowy group bent on keeping the isotope off Earth - will get in his way." (quoted from SFBC catalog.)
Inherit the Stars can be found in The Giants Novels: Inherit the Stars/The Gentle Giants of Ganymede/Giant's Star/3 Novels in One, published by Del Rey in 1994.
A 50,000 year old mummy of a human astronaut is found on the Moon, resulting in some unexpected revelations about the history of humanity and the solar system.
"Moonbase Vegas has become a mecca for wheelers and dealers--and a bagman named Deuce McNamara. Working for one of the six controlling families, the Borgiolis, Deuce enacts the dual roles of both dealer and agent, until he realizes that this cutthroat game is about to explode into an all-out mob war for control of the Moon." ( from the publisher).
"Opportunist Deuce McNamara considers himself THE Man in the Moon. The former bagman for the Borgioli clan on Moonbase Vegas works every angle he can and comes up with aces. Now the right-hand man to Hunter Castle, the wealthy businessman and owner of the new casino, Darkside City, Duece spins in an orbit of riches and power. But when a powerful explosion rips apart Castle's fabled spacecraft, GAMBLER'S STAR, Deuce's world spins out of control. The lunar St. Valentine's Day-style catastrophe has rubbed out the top echelons of the Six Families that control the Moon and the Castle himself, leaving Deuce in the middle of the bloodbath of all bloodbaths. As the families savagely pursue vendettas and the rebels of the Moonsider Liberation Front launch a campaign of terror, it is up to Deuce to intervene, stop the slaughter and prevent puritanical Earthsiders from imposing a tyranny of decency on the Moon." (from the publisher).
Finally, in the year 1999, a man once again sets foot upon our celestial neighbor. Representing the private business, Delena Corp, Hawk Stanton is placed on the Moon by using a sequence of new, innovative technologies. Tools used by a man to survive.
Irving, Washington. "The Conquest of the Moon." Originally published in 1809. Also published in An ABC of Science Fiction : From Aldiss to Zelzany -Twenty-Six excursions into the Fantastic edited by Tom Boardman, Jr. 1971 and in the April 1955 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
"It is more a political work than science fiction, where Irving equates the conquest of the natives of the New World with a conquest of earth by Moon inhabitants. The short story is from 1809. Irving's attitude towards the "savages" indicates a minority view, regarding the confiscation of the native lands, of that time." (Thanks to Tim Kehoe for this information.)
Isaac Asimov's Moons. Edited by Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams. NY: Doubleday, 1997.
A collection of 7 short stories about - Guess what?
Written in the 1950s, this is a
children's book about a reclusive scientist who builds a space craft, and
flies to the moon, Mars and Venus. He finds the moon to have thin
atmosphere, and life.
Jones, Raymond F. "The Moon Is Death. In: Future Science Fiction. March 1953.
This tale involves the mystery of the deaths of a large group of astronauts on the moon's surface shortly after their arrival. The second expedition finds that strewn across the surface of the moon are stones that accelerate the ageing process in men thus causing swift death. The last survivor realizes that if any of the stones reach earth it will spell the end of mankind so he sets off a nuclear explosion destroying himself, the two spacecraft on the moon's surface, and the moon itself. (Information and abstract submitted by Richard Simms.)
Jones, Raymond F. "Stay Off the Moon! In: Amazing Stories. Dec. 1962.
This story concerns a robotic lunar exploration mission that discovers unexplained activity beneath the lunar surface. One of the scientists monitoring the mission back on earth realizes what is behind the phenomena and sees a potential danger to mankind from this newly discovered alien life-form. Unfortunately he discovers this too late. (Information and abstract submitted by Richard Simms.)
Johannes Kepler, the famous astronomer who formulated the laws of planetary motion, wrote what some consider the first science fiction story. Somnium (The Dream) tells of travelers who walk across shadow bridge to the Moon. They also discover that the Moon is inhabited. The story was published posthumously in 1634.
Kerr, Philip. The Second Angel. New York: H. Holt, 1999(Hardcover) and Pocket, 2000 (Paperback).
From Amazon.com. In 2069, Earth is devastated by climate change, killer plagues, and
scarce resources. P2 is a deadly (but curable) virus that infects almost
the entire population. The cure is clean blood, which is in critically
short supply and is affordable only to the very rich, who live in
protected enclaves and engage in market speculation on the price of the
vital fluid. On the Moon, sex hotels and high-security prisons share
turf with the National Blood Bank, where uncontaminated blood is kept.
Enter Dana Dallas, a crack security systems designer and member of the
wealthy, healthy elite. When he finds out his infant daughter needs
clean blood to survive, he starts a chain of events that will make him
the sworn enemy of some very dangerous people. Dallas teams up with
several shady characters to try and break the bank.
Kessel, John. "The Juniper Tree."In:Science Fiction Age. Jan. 2000.
Set in a utopian matriarchal society on the Moon, in 2085.
A photograph of Earth's Moon reveals to the clever native that the
strangers are far, far from home.
Kline, Otis Adelbert. Maza of the Moon. New York: Ace, c1964.
First published in 1930. A scientist launches an unmanned explosive rocket at the Moon. Another rocket comes back from the Moon and blows up in a city. To prove that his rocket didn't go up and come down (he had been flying in high altitude aircraft at the time, and saw it explode on the lunar surface, but due to clouds nobody else saw that), he takes off for the Moon in his one-man rocket, finds a valley or something with air and a beautiful girl ( the eponymous Maza) fighting with an ugly humanoid, and guess whose side our hero comes down on.
Kooistra, Jeffery D. "Trajectories". In: Artemis. Spring, 2000.
"In 2095 radiotelescopist Steve Smith does suicide orbits in his spare time, flying tightly plotted orbits around the Moon that bring him to within a few hundred meters of the surface..." (from Locus, Sept. 1999)
Landis, Geoffrey A. "A History of the Human and Post-Human Species: A View from Evolutionary Ecology." In: Science Fiction Age. Jan. 2000.
New species evolve to fill ecologies on the Moon and Mars.
Landis, Geoffrey A. "A Walk in the Sun." In: Asimov's SF. Oct.
1991. This story also appears in Isaac Asimov's Moons NY: Ace, 1997.
An astronaut crash-lands on the Moon and is determined to survive no matter what she has to do or how far she has to go.
Laurie, Andre. Les Exiles de la Terre. 1887. Translated as The Conquest of the Moon. UK, 1889.
Lawrence, Louise. Moonwind. New York: Harper & Row, 1986.
One of two teenage winners of a trip to earth's first Lunar base falls
in love with an astral extraterrestrial who has been stranded on the Moon
for thousands of years and who needs his help to repair her spaceship so
that she can return home.
Lee, Tanith. "The Man who Stole the Moon: A Story of the Flat Earth" In: Realms of Fantasy. Feb. 2001.
"Stealing the Moon is as easy as stealing a lover's heart. giving it back is a bit more difficult."
Leinster, Murray. Space Platform.1953.
Book 1 of a trilogy about the beginning of space travel. There is a landing on the Moon and the establishment of a Lunar station.
Leinster, Murray. Space Tug. 1953.
Book 2 of a trilogy about the beginning of space travel. There is a landing on the Moon and the establishment of a Lunar station.
Leinster, Murray. City on the Moon. 1957.
Book 3 of a trilolgy about the beginning of space travel. There is a landing on the Moon and the establishment of a Lunar station.
From the publisher: "Are the self-programming robots on the Moon ensuring "peace on eath," or are thy secretly plotting a terrestrial invasion of their own? Only Ijon Tichy, sent on a dangerous mission to report on the robots activities, know for sure. But, as luck would hav it, he is caught by a highly focused ray, which severs his corpus collosum and leaves the left side of his brain at odds with the right."
From the publisher: Kyle Gustafson had been doing work he loved, with the space program, anemic though it was, until disaster struck and a shuttle was lost on takeoff. There had to be a fall guy, and Kyle was picked-but a few months later, the American space program instantly became a quaint relic when aliens in a gigantic starship orbited the moon and made contact with Earth. They said that they represented a vast federation of intelligent races and they hoped that Earth would prove eligible to join the Federation. Kyle found himself back in good favor, picked to interface with the alien representatives sent to Earth. But there were a few false notes in the utopian front the aliens presented. Surveillance and other satellites were disappearing from orbit in a way that might have made the Americans suspect the Russians and the Russians suspect the Americans, except that each was aware of the other side's disappearances. And when the aliens began handing out small objects of alien art to world leaders as tokens of friendship, Kyle became suspicious. Technicians investigated and found that the items were actually listening devices. Worse, odd events were happening all over the world which seemed deliberately planned to provoke the U.S. and Russia into war, possibly even a nuclear holocaust. Were the aliens trying to get Earth to wipe itself out? And why? Kyle would find that he had an ally among the aliens, but one who was regarded as a freak by her own kind. Her influence was limited, but Kyle had to find a way out of the crisis before the world exploded in nuclear flames, or else the aliens grew impatient and decided to do the job themselves. . .
"Dan, an information scientist, is brought to the Moon from Earth to help investigate a newly discovered underground warren apparently built by aliens. Inside is a library full of human books arranged in apparently random order..." (from Locus, Sept 1999).
The luren are a race from a distant world. On Earth they are known
as vampires. When an alien ship crashes on the Moon, there are indications
it came from the luren home world.
Lieber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker, 1970.
A world appears out of hyperspace next to Earth. Tidal forces cracks
the Moon, and an astronaut flies his ship through the gap. Later, the Moon
is broken up by the tides, and used as fuel for the Wanderer planet.
Locke, Richard Adams , 1800-1871. The Moon Hoax: Or, A Discovery
that the Moon Has a Vast Population of Human Beings. Boston: Gregg
From a review in Locus, April 2002 by Gary K. Wolfe. "Mackay adds a rather bold alternate-history scenario to the alien puppet-master theme: centuries before the birth of Christ, the Roman Empire had achieved such a level of technology that they were able not only to establish a colony on the Moon, but to explore other planets and eventually to transport themselves en masse to a planet called Hortus in a distant star system, where they eventually lost track of even the location of Earth, to which they still hope to return someday."
Maine, Charles Eric. High Vacuum. Ballantine, 1958.
A story about the first landing on the moon. The rocket crashes and the crew must survive.
Marsten, Richard (pseud for Evan Hunter). Rocket to Luna. Philadelphia: Winston, 1953.
A teenager on the first Moon flight tries to make a trek to a supply
rocket when the oxygen supply runs low. [Juvenile].
Massie-Ferch, Kathleen M. "Moon Hunters."
In: Moon Shots. DAW, 1999.
Maurois, Andre. The Next Chapter: The War Against the Moon.
A short story first published in The Forum July, 1927.
McAuley, Paul J. "How We Lost the Moon, A True Story By Frank W. Allen." In: Moon Shots. NY: DAW, 1999.
An out of control experiment inserts a black hole into the Moon. This short story can also be found in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection. edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, NY: St. Martin's, 2000.
McCollum, Michael. Thunder Strike. New York: Del Rey, 1989.
Earth is menaced by a collision, and the Moon is involved in the prevention
McDevitt, Jack. Moonfall. New York: HarperPrism, 1998 (Hardcover) and HarperCollins, 1999 (Paperback).
In this disaster/adventure novel a comet is heading toward the Moon just in time for the long awaited opening of Moonbase where the Vice President of the United States is among the visiting dignitaries. When this comet hits it will destroy the Moon and the resulting debris will rain destruction on Earth. Gary K. Wolfe of Locus give this novel his equivalent of a thumbs up.
McDonald, Ian. "Breakfast on the Moon, with Georges."
In: Moon Shots. DAW, 1999.
Originally published by Avon Book Co., 1944.
Introduction by Robert Silverberg for the Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series,2001.
An enigmatic force of monstrous terror powered by the full Moon roams the South Pacific seeking victims to kidnap.
From the publisher: "The near future has brought many changes to the world. A time of peace has led to a series of wars that have led to the world being divided into two superpowers. Joey Michaels and his fellow Marines are part of a force sent to the moon to try to stop a madman who is bent on world domination. The moon complex, which had been started during the time of peace, had been turned into the most effective weapon of mass destruction ever devised. Michaels and his Marines must battle not only the enemy and alien environment, but they must also overcome their own apathy and ignorance. A battle lost and unexpected discoveries lead Michaels and his Marines to places both physical and spiritual theyve never been before. They discover a forgotten truth that keeps them fighting not only for their lives, but for something far more important."
Michaels, David S. Red Moon. Firewood Publishing, 2000.
From the publisher: "This much is fact: on July 13, 1969, three days before Apollo 11 lifted off from Cape Canaveral, a spaceship blasted off from the Soviet Union. Soviet records claim Luna 15 was a failed robotic probe. But this was a deception planted to cover up the USSR's last attempt to beat America in the moon race. On board is Grigor Belinsky, a cosmonaut so disillusioned with his nation's regime that he must be blackmailed into flying the one-way mission. Red Moon reveals Belinsky's untold journey from Soviet hero to dissident and martyr... "
Michener, James A. Space. New York: Random House, 1982.
Reissued by Fawcett in 1988.
One chapter of this novel concerns the ill-fated, fictitious Apollo 18 flight to the Moon.
Millard, Joseph. The Gods Hate Kansas. c.1941. Reprinted in an early 1950s issue of Fantastic Story Quarterly.
Non-material aliens marooned on the Moon launch themselves in meteors to Earth where they take over human minds, the controlled humans start building rockets to go back to the Moon. Big confrontation on the Moon at the end between the hero (who has a metal plate in his head and can't be taken over) and the controlled humans ( including his girl friend) became a low-budget movie about 1968 called They Came from Beyond Space , with the scene transferred to England.
Moon Shots. Edited by Peter Crowther with an introduction by Ben Bova. NY: DAW, 1999.
From the publisher: "On July 20, 1969, the United States astronauts landed on the moon. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of that historic event, many of the top writers in the science fiction field have agreed to write individual stories centered on the moon. Included, as well, is an introduction by noted science fiction and science fact writer and editor Ben Bova."
Niven, Larry. "Wrong Way Street" In: Convergent
Series. Ballantine, 1979.
Short story in which the protagonist travels through time, destroys
the Moon, and wipes out life on Earth using an alien ship found on the
Niven, Larry and Jerry Pournelle. "Spirals" In: Destinies, Date?.
Set on a space station between the Earth and the Moon.
Northrup, E. F (aka Akkad Psudoman) Zero to Eighty: Being My Lifetime Doings, Reflections, and Inventions Also My Journey Around the Moon. Princeton, NJ: Scientific Publishing Co, 1937
A man goes around the Moon in a space ship propelled from Earth by electricity and rockets. In real life the author was the original inventor of induction heating and melting in 1916. He actually tested a coil gun in 1938 before his death in 1940. (Information provided by James Metcalf).
Juvenile book for ages 4-8.
Illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Series: Magic Tree House 8
From the publisher: "Jack and Annie are whisked forty yearsforward in time and land at an international space station on the moon. There they don space suits and go exploring the lunar surface in search of the fourth object needed to free the enchantress Morgan le Fay from a powerful spell. "
This item is listed just for fun. It's not a novel or a short story. It is an animated film starring Wallace (a rather sweet, simple soul) and his dog Gromit (the brains of the outfit). One day Wallace, cheese lover extraordinaire, decides he wants to visit the moon and sample the green cheese it is made of. So Gromit hammers together a rocket and off they go. The accents are "veddy" British and the story line and dialog quite funny. The humor is grand enough that even American audiences can appreciate it.
Book 1 of The Darkangel Trilogy.
Paperback edition released by Magic Carpet Books, 1998.
This story is set on earth's Moon in a distant future where creatures like gargoyles, witches, and vampires have sprung from human bioengineering. A vampire has kidnapped a woman. Her young servant, Aerial, seeks to destroy him, but the vampire (also called the darkangel) is very beautiful and, Aerial discovers, not completely evil.
Book 2 of The DarkAngel Trilogy.
Paperback edition released by Magic Carpet Books, 1998.
From publisher: "Aeriel's love has broken the curse on the darkangel Irrylath, making him human again and freeing him from the control of his mother, the dreaded White Witch. But the Witch is far from defeated. Her wicked plans require all seven of her vampyre sons, and she will not give one up so easily."
Book 3 of The Darkangel Trilogy.
Paperback edition released by Magic Carpet Books, 1999.
From the publisher: "With the aid of a shimmering pearl, Aeriel battles the White Witch to free her husband Irrylath and discover her own destiny."
Pizor, Faith K. comp. The Man in the Moon: An Anthology of Antique
Science Fiction and Fantasy. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1971.
A rocket is launched and lands on the Moon. Cracks start appearing on the surface of the Moon and it begins to change shape. The narrator investigates, finds that a component of the stuff in the rocket was a chemical agent used to increase fertility in egg-laying animals. He concludes that the Moon is a gigantic egg, and that the chemical is causing it to hatch.
Pournelle, Jerry. See Niven, Larry.
Preuss, Paul. Maelstrom.New York : Avon Books, c1988.
Reissued by Avon in 1992.
The second in a series of novels based on Clarke's short story Breaking Strain.
"From Venus to Earth to the Moon in pursuit of clues to Culture X, the action flows in the best traditions of suspense thriller." (Excerted from a reveiw by Dan Chow, Locus, Oct. 1988.)
"Recollections Of Six Days' Journey In The Moon. By An Aerio-Nautical Man." In: Southern Literary Messenger. 1844.
Found in the July and August, 1844 issues.
A man who had travelled all over this world want desperately to go to the moon. Thanks to Mark Owings for information on this story.
Reed, Robert. "Waging Good." In: Isaac Asimov's Moons
"Reed takes us to a lunar society that has fought and won a devastating war against the Earth, a war that has left the battered mother planet in ruins and its inhabitants on the verge of extinction. But the consequences of war often come home to roost, even for the victors."
Robinson, Kim Stanley. "The Lunatics." In: Terry's Universe. Tor, 1988. This story also appears in Isaac Asimov's Moons NY: Ace, 1997
"An eerie story which takes us deep inside the Moon for a brilliant tale of passion, politics, slavery, and transcendence."
"The time is some decades hence, after the Moon Wars have destroyed two colonies. A Wisconsin family, Sarah, her husband and daughters, decide to adopt a lunar child refugee, a seven-year-old girl named Echea... "From Locus review 8/98.
Scheer, K. H. Enterprise STARDUST. New York: Ace, 1969. (originally published in German by Mewig Pabel Verlag, 1961).
This is the first in a series of novels featuring space adventurere Perry Rhodan.
A research ship of the Great Imperium of Arkon made an emergency landing on
the earth's Moon. The crewmen, the terminally ill scientist Crest and the beautiful Arkonid
girl Thora, fight desperately for their lives. The once powerful people of the Arkonid are threatened by decadence anddestruction. They had submitted their destiny long ago to a powerful robot regent.
Perry Rhodan together with three friends on board STARDUST lands on the
Moon, the predestined first contact between man and inhabitants of a foreign
planet takes place. Unexpectedly Perry Rhodan comes into possession of the Arkonid super
technology and hence bears the burden of a responsibility unparalleled by any man before
This information comes from Tommi Tolonen of Finland.
Scortia, Thomas N. Earthwreck! Fawcett Gold Medal, 1974.
In 1988 the US and the Soviet Union have orbiting space stations with plans to colonize the Mars and the Moon. Then a nuclear war on Earth is triggored by an attack on Tel Aviv by joint Japanese-Arab terrorist. Now the Americans and Soviets on the space stations must colonize so that the human race will survive.
Searls, Hank. The Pilgrim Project. [Pub.?] [1968?].
NASA has an emergency plan to get to the Moon before the Russians.
Filmed as Countdown.
St. John, Philip (pseud of Lester Del Rey). Rocket Jockey. Philadelphia:
Only four hours were left before the 18th Armstrong Classic would begin -
the interplanetary race to the inhabited worlds and moons of the Solar
System was named after the first man to land on the Moon. (Talk about predicting
the future! Del Rey must have had a crystal ball to know about Armstrong.)
Stableford, Brian. "Ashes and Tombstones." In: Moon Shots. DAW, 1999.
Stapledon, Olaf. Last and First Men: a Story of the Near and Far
The Fifth Men must destroy the Moon to stop it colliding with Earth.
Steele, Allen. "John Harper Wilson."In: Asimov's Science Fiction. June, 1989. This story also appeared in Isaac Asimov's Moons. New York: Ace, 1997.
"The author gives us a thought-provoking look at the first Moon landing... which may perhaps not be quit the way you remember it."
Reprinted by Ace as Schismatrix Plus: Includes Schismatrix and Selected Stories from Crystal Express.
From Amazon.com: "Bruce Sterling has called his Shaper/Mechanist novel Schismatrix my favorite among my books. It is a detailed history of a spacefaring humanity divided into two camps: The Shapers, who prefer genetic enhancements, and the Mechanists, who rely on prosthetics. Sterling also published five Shaper/Mechanist stories between 1982-84, which have been collected with the novel in this compendium volume. This book represents the definitive collection of what is arguably Sterling's most intense work, offering a hard, gritty look at humanity as it pushes and claws its way to the stars."
Sutton, Jeff. Apollo At Go. New York: Putnam, 1963.
A novel about the first Apollo Moon landing.
Sutton, Jeff. First on the Moon. 1958.
A novel about the first US and USSR landing and conflict on the Moon.
A Illustrated by Peter Gudynas.
From Kirkus Reviews: "Gunther Weil is just an ordinary lunar engineer, until a nuclear exchange on Earth spreads conflict to the Moon. The sublunar factory town of Bootstrap is cut off, its inhabitants rendered psychotic through brain chemicals released into the air by a saboteur; only those wearing space suits escape."
Swanwick, Michael. "Trojan Horse." In: Omni, Vol. 7: No. 3, December, 1984.
Reprinted in: Terry Carr, ed., The Best Science Fiction of the
Year #14, NY: Tor Books, 1985.
Gardner Dozois, ed., The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second
Annual Collection, NY: Bluejay Books, 1985.
Ellen Datlow, ed., The Seventh Omni Book of Science FictionNY:
Zebra Books, 1989.
From the publisher: "Something flashed in the distance. Felix straightened, eyes narrowed behind the viewport as he searched the area. It had only been a brief twinkle of brilliance and for a moment he doubted whether he had seen anything at all. Then it came again, a sunbright sparkle as of light reflecting from some bright surface. It came from the far distance between Tycho and the station and, he knew, it could only have been caused by some moving object.. "
Tucker, George 1775-1861. A Voyage to the Moon. Boston: Gregg Press, 1975.
With a new preface by David G. Hartwell. Reprint of the 1827 edition
published by E. Bliss.
Van Vogt, A. E. "Defence" In: Destination Universe>.
Short story where the first landing on the Moon triggers an ancient automatic defence system that destroys the Earth.
Vance, Jack.Vandals of the Void.Philadelphia: Winston, 1953.
A boy raised on Luna and befriended by a prospector has to deal with
space pirates operating from a hidden base. [Juvenile].
Varley, John H. "Bagatelle." In: Eight Worlds,
John H. Varley.
Varley, John H."The Barbie Murders." In: Eight
Worlds, John H. Varley.
Varley, John H. The Ophiuchi Hotline. New York: Dial Press,
Humans have been displaced from their homeland on Earth by alien invaders. Now human colonies survive on the Moon and other planets with their biotech knowledge enhanced by strange messages from beyond the solar system. These messages are transmitted from a mysterious source known as the Ophiuchi Hotline.
Varley, John H. "Picnic On Nearside." In: Eight
Worlds, John H. Varley.
A teenager celebrating his first sex change takes her best friend to
the side of Luna facing Earth, where no one goes because of the painful
Varley, John H. Steel Beach. New York: Putnam, 1992.
The Eden-like Lunar colony that has become humankind's home since an alien attack had destroyed Earth, Luna is threatened by dark forces that lead reporter Hildy Johnson and other inhabitants to feelings of depression and suicide..
Varley, John. "Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Delta." 1986.
One of the Anna-Louise Bach stories set in New Dresden on the Moon. In this one, a quarantined space station in a lunar orbit is about to hit the lunar surface, but there is someone aboard that needs rescuing. Maybe.
Reprinted by Quiet Vision, Nov. 2001
From the cover; "Written almost a centuy before the daring flights of the astronauts. Jules Vernes prophetic novel of mans race to the stars is a classic adventure tale enlivened by broad satire and scientific acumen."
Vukcevich, Ray. "White Guys In Space." In: F&SF, Aug., 1996.
Locus calls this a hilarious sendup of SF cliche´s both broad and subtle. Lobster-men from Alpha Centauri head for Earth while two boys, Joe and Frank, take off for the Moon in a homemade spaceship with wise Dr. Tim, and their girl pal, Nancy.
Mutineer's Moon. Riverdale, N.Y. : Baen Books; Distributed by Simon & Schuster, 1991 and Baen, reissue, 1994.
On a training mission Lt. Commander Colin MacIntyre discovers that the Moon is actually a giant starship controlled by an intelligence called Dahak. The starship began its orbit of Earth in the midst of a mutiny and the mutineers are still on our planet! Good adventure story.
From the back cover: Colin MacIntyre's life as a NASA astronaut might not have been exciting, but at least it was orderly. Unfortunately, he's been tapped for greater things, and he isn't too sure he likes it. First he was kidnapped by an ancient, self-aware starship masquerading as Earth's moon. Then he was drafted as its captain to suppress a five-thousand-year old mutiny. And then he had to mobilize the planet against the attack of an eons-old aliens-old alien menace dedicated to the eradication of all intelligent life in the galaxy...
From the publisher: July 20, 1969. Apollo 11 has landed men on the Moon, fulfilling the great dream of generations.
It was to be the start of a new, glorious age of space exploration that would take humanity to the planets and ultimately to the stars.
But just three years later the great dream was over and the last men to explore the Moon returned to Earth. Thirty years later no one has been back. The hope of space settlements and expeditions to the planets was deferred, perhaps for a generation, perhaps forever.
But what if history had taken a different path? Children of Apollo tells the story of a space age that never was, but could have been.
An archeological expedition to the Moon discovers some of the ancient
inhabitants in suspended animation.
Wyndham, John. "The Red Stuff"In: Marvel Science Stories,1951 and Sphere Books, 1977.
A Lunar base is quarantined after been accidentally contaminated by a mysterious red stuff that had been brought back from the asteroid belt.....
Wyndham, John. The Outward Urge.. London: M. Joseph, 1959
Several short stories about conquest of the Moon and space by Russian, American and British astronauts, followed by an apocalyptic war, Australia and Brazil in space, and space colonies declaring themselves independent.
This is a graphic novel.
From Amazon.com: "Fifty years after Armstrongs one small step, the worlds richest man claims the moon as his own personal property... and Channel Seven is there! This graphic novel shows hat happens when absolute power corrupts absolutely, when The Mob has nuclear first-strike capability, and when cows jump over the moon. Witty banter, one-sixth gravity derring-do, and an explosive finale from a tale that Sci-Fi Universe says has "a wide-eyed sense of wonder and a clear appreciation for adventure-based science fiction. "
Vampire Readings. by Patricia Altner, Scarecrow Press, 1998 (Nov.). There are actually quite a few vampire novels and short stories with Science Fiction or Fantasy themes -even a few that have significant Moon sequences. See authors Lichtenberg and Pierce above.
Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. (Covering missions 11-12). Editor Eric M. Jones says, "With the needs of lunar-base design engineers in mind - and with the interests of historians, space enthusiasts, and future lunar citizens in mind as well - ten of the moonwalking astronauts and I have prepared an annotated transcript of the communications recorded during their time on the lunar surface. " Audio and video clips from the missions are also part of the journals.
Lunar Prospector. "The NASA/Ames Research Center invites you to participate in the day-to-day events surrounding the first NASA Moon mission in 25 years! Using this web site, you can find out whatever you need to know about this historic mission as well as follow Prospector in its incredible search for water ice on the lunar surface. To help guide you through this fascinating journey, we have included the world's largest source of information - past and present - about the Moon."
Lunar Links. Links to pages about the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
The Moon.A Web page from the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC).
The Center is the deep archive for NASA planetary and Lunar data in digital,
document, and photographic formats.
The Moon Society.A non-profit educational and scientific foundation formed to further scientific study and devlopment of the moon.
TransOrbital. "TransOrbital, Inc. is a private company dedicated to the commercial development of space. We are on track to be the first commercial mission to the moon and currently have three Lunar launch projects in progress."
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