From the Author
The germ of inspiration for RED MOON came from a short story called "Sea of Crises," written by my close friend, L. George Daniels, in 1973. The story remained stuck in the back of my mind until I attended a Sotheby's art exhibition in 1993 and wandered into the basement. I was stunned to find a bunch of Soviet space hardware being prepared for sale! I ran into a bald, thickset little man and asked him, "excuse me, sir, but is that REALLY Alexei Leonov's spare EVA suit?" And he said, "da-- I am Leonov." Leonov, in 1965, was the first man to walk in space.
Inspired, I contacted L. George Daniels and suggested we develop RED MOON as a screenplay. We wrote an outline that was a straightforward account of the Moon race from the Soviet perspective. I pitched it to my screen-writing teacher, Pam Wallace (co-authored "Witness"). She said, "why am I supposed to care about this?" I thought hard and came up with the 2019 story line involving a return to the Moon and a search for the Mother Lode, which we wrapped around the 1969 Soviet account. This was too "big" for a screenplay, so I started writing it as a novel in late '97, with contributions from Dan. My dream became reality in November 2000, when RED MOON was a "launch title" for the new FireWord Publishing house.
I think you'll enjoy RED MOON. It's a big, sprawling epic of mankind's onetime obsession with exploring space, an obsession we need to regain if our species is going to survive. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.