- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Hadley Rille Books (December 5, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981924328
- ISBN-13: 978-0981924328
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,394,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Return to Luna Paperback – December 5, 2008
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Return to Luna is the result of the National Space Society's 2008 fiction contest, and the nineteen short stories in this anthology were selected by a jury of editors and writers. In a typical anthology, I find a couple of the stories less engaging then others - not so here. All nineteen of these short works are gems, well worth your time.
The rules of the contest were simple: write a short story about man's return to Earth's moon. The story had to be relatively near-future, and couldn't include aliens or non-realistic levels of technology. This might seem to be a limiting rule-set, but the stories here all met the rules and a surprising level of originality.
Since I liked all the stories, deciding which ones to talk about in this review was a bit difficult. I ended up settling on the criteria of "most memorable" out of the group. They are:
Visual Silence by M. C. Chambers - This short was the Grand Prize winner, and deals with the interaction between a man born deaf since birth and a woman rendered mute by a stroke. Both of them are residents of a lunar colony on the Moon's south pole.
Joe the Martian Goes to the Moon by Ken Edgett - The title refers to a character in a children's educational program. A young man goes to the Moon wearing the "Joe the Martian" costume, and his adventures during the trip prove interesting.
The Return by David Schibi - This story tells the tale of the ill-fated first settlement on the Moon and that settlement's sole survivor, 62 years later. It's a real tear-jerker.
Apples on the Moon by Karen T. Smith - A shipment of apples arrives on a lunar settlement, and some of the local teenagers decide to intercept a few. Romance and danger follow.
In Their Own Words by Brenta Blevins - A historian conducts several interviews while developing a history of lunar settlement. Not much plot, but a very interesting character study.
Return to Luna is an outstanding short story anthology, and I hope you decide to buy it.