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Humankind's first interstellar journey--a jaunt to the home system of the Aphelials, a race that threatens humanity's very existence--doesn't go exactly as planned for Conn and her friend and fellow traveler Yongpo. But the astronauts do manage to gather intelligence that will make history and change the world. It will also set Conn on a path that will lead her to the fourth planet from our Sun. Mars could be the key to the survival of the Earth, and it's up to Conn to learn the red planet's secrets before the Aphelials arrive in force. She'll have to survive the months-long trip and a dangerous landing, be strong, keep her wits, have no fear, and make the right friends. And she'll have to hope it's all enough to turn back an overwhelmingly powerful and ruthless enemy bent on the annihilation of our entire species.
More praise for Girl on the Moon from Amazon reviewers:
If you’re a fan of “The Martian,” “Saturn Run,” and “Seveneves,” you’re going to love “Girl on the Moon.”
Fast paced, intense, and I never quite knew what to expect next.
Could not put it down, as it took me back to reading Heinlein’s juveniles from the 1950s.
This is a great story that just continues getting better and better. It doesn’t let up.
Reminded me of Arthur C. Clarke. I have not enjoyed a piece of Science Fiction this much in years.
Search ASIN: B0198Q3NG4 to find Girl on the Moon. Girl on the Moon is published by Amazon's Kindle Press.
Split evenly between strong female and male leads, these heroes fight losing battles on principle alone, discover lies hidden deep inside themselves, execute daring rescues and fight for love and liberty in a society where human dignity is cheaper than obsolete swarmbots.
These original, never-before-published works are from veteran authors, including William F. Wu, as well as emerging talents.
Billionaire Frank Ebersole believes Pauper, Earth's smaller moon, is the source of magic—the power magickers draw from to perform their supernatural feats. He wants to find the magic "generator" there and exploit it, making him the most powerful man on Earth.
To do it he'll put together an expedition to the tiny moon, with a crew chosen from the general population: an administrative assistant with a big heart, a plucky magicker with her own agenda, a quiet teenage girl, and Frank's own "body man."
Together they’ll have to survive demanding, accelerated training. Their voyage will be fraught with danger and heartbreaking loss. Some of them may not make it home. Will they learn Pauper’s secret? And will it save them, or kill them?
This near-future sci-fi adventure sends humankind back to the moon, this time to make first contact with an inscrutable alien race. And when Earth’s new acquaintances become new neighbors, humanity might not be done with the moon yet — and it might not be done with Earth. Fortunately for humankind, it has Conn Garrow.
They said Conn wasn’t qualified for astronaut training. To prove herself, all she’ll have to do is outwit alien races, escape from prison, run a huge business, survive assassination attempts, engineer impossible rescues — and walk on the moon. Never tell Conn there’s something she can't do.
Imagine...a world where independent seasteads and private airship companies keep the peace on the high seas.
Imagine...a dying planet ruled by a rigid caste system, but with one last chance to be free.
Imagine...a journalist investigating the fate of a government program to match individuals with their perfect mate.
These stories are the winners of the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association's first short story contest, following the prompt, "Write a short story that illustrates the positive role of freedom in human life." With 169 total submissions these ten (three winners and seven runners-up), stood out as the top entries from a very broad, and talented field.
These original works are as exhilarating as they are thoughtful and imaginative.
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This is a standalone story that can be read before or after (or during!) Girl on the Moon. The novel is available in the Kindle Store and in paperback!
NOTE: this is a short short story, about 3,500 words, equivalent to about a dozen paperback pages.