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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Higher Hill Publishing Incorporated (December 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984405801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984405800
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,245,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kokh on June 17, 2010
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The first novel about our future on the Moon written after the sea change in NASA's mission instructions directed by the Obama Administration. Rather than dwell on the doors being closed, the writer accepts this change of direction as not only irreversible but as an opportunity, and take an enthusiastic view of the possibilities it creates.

The first word in the first sentence in the novel, PGM-1, the name of a spaceship, zeroes in on the crux of the novel. PGM stands for Platinum Group Metals (six metallic elements clustered together in the periodic table.: Ru, Rh, Pd; Os, Ir, Pt - ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum. They have similar physical and chemical properties, and tend to occur together in the same mineral deposits. (Wikipedia) "The platinum metals have outstanding catalytic properties. " Platinum, at first considered a jewelry metal, is now involved in a quarter of all industrial processes, which makes it a linchpin of our modern economy. Most crucial, is Platinum's sine qua non role in fuel cells, without which the ultra-clean "Hydrogen Economy" would remain a dream.

The hitch is that no PGMs have yet been detected on the Moon. That does not mean they are not there. To be detected from orbit at relatively low resolution, they would have to be present in abundance. Nor have PGMs been detected in Apollo moon dust and rock samples except in parts per billion.

But the thinking is that while PGMs may not be native to the Moon, there could be PGM-rich meteorite chunks on the lunar surface that could be detected by on-location prospecting. The payoff could be immense, not just for export to Earth, but to fully enable modern industrial and manufacturing operations on the Moon itself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Schubert on August 1, 2010
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I found Bill White's book Platinum Moon a thoroughly enjoyable read. Before providing any critique, a few words on how I know Bill. We met in February 2009 as volunteer citizens lobbyists petitioning Congress on behalf of NASA, in a coordinated effort by multiple space advocacy societies, orchestrated by the National Space Society. My vocation includes lunar engineering, as well as hydrogen storage for fuel cells, both of which are part of Bill's vision for bootstrapping a cislunar economy. With my hands already in the technology, politics, and business of New Space, I found it delightful to read Platinum Moon - in my opinion, the best near-future book to describe how we can bootstrap space entrepreneurship. I encourage readers to snap up this lively tome, read it quickly, then hand it off to decision makers and enablers.

Fighter pilots and astronauts, scientists and engineers, politicians and deal makers vie in a bold marketing-funded gold rush to the moon. Hot-button issues like ITAR, space pre-eminence, and extraterrestrial property rights are explored by memorable characters grappling with personal dreams, political ambitions, greed, foresight, and altruism. A multi-cultural cast of main characters explore the issues which we all face as a spacefaring species. White introduces the "narrative engineer" as the prime mover for the burgeoning definition of Business 3.0, giving an answer to the question of how truly big ideas can shape the world. Abundant historical references and insight from classical thinkers enrich White's plausible pathway on how we can exploit lunar resources for the benefit of all mankind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Hanson on November 16, 2010
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Congratulations to Bill White for researching and writing this story about an alternate future for entrepreneurial space development. The underlying theme of the book is the hypothesis that valuable minerals may have impacted upon the Moon in the past. The recent behavior of China to limit access to its rich store of rare Earth elements makes Bill's story especially interesting.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam@jpr on August 5, 2012
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Weather you are a Space Enthusiast or Not...this timely story and it's interesting characters will stay with you a long time! I have read at least 15 more books since reading "Platinum Moon" and yet, I think I would recognize any one of it's characters and welcome the chance to converse with them! A Great Read that leaves you hoping for a sequel! "Platinum Moon" makes an Excellent Gift for any Reader!
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