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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.
Well researched and generally convincing. The central mystery is well handled, though it relies on occasion upon a little more suspension of disbelief than it should. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Graham Dixon
there are hyphens inserted every 5-10 words making the book a bit of a chore to read. I spoke with 3 different amazon reps who assured me the tech dept would fix it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reader
Story moves apace; the characters are captivating and compelling, particularly that of Grigor Belinsky, the cosmonaut whose childhood yearning to touch the moon is met in a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by 3dogmama
Simply put one of the best books i've ever read. Inspiring and breathtaking, each chapter pulling you onwards to its conclusion. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Wilson
I came on this book while reading a review for a different title. What the reviewer said piqued my interest; the description on Amazon was so-so at best. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Dry Creek Photo
I'm an avid reader of many different types of books - from science-fiction, to mystery, to espionage... Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Randomseed
I just finished "Red Moon." I was 12 in 1969 and my dad was stationed in Greece. We watched the lunar landings at "The American Club" in Kifissia, which is just outside of Athens. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Matthew B. Wynn
I've read hundreds of sci fi books and dozens on true astronaut/cosmonaut books. See my reviews on some of the space books. Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by Thomas Erickson
Red Moon is an engaging story that blends a very well researched alternate history of the Soviet Moon shot program with an equally compelling near future energy crisis. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by T. Proctor