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Alternate Astronauts Ahoy!

By Curtis C. Chen
Jul 18, 2019 · 190 words · 1 minute

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

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From the author: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing!


This coming weekend is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, and to celebrate that (and other things), I've posted a serialization of my very first completed NaNoWriMo project: By the Light of the Moon.

The premise is this:

What if the Moon were magic?

What if simply looking at the full Moon would transform one out of every ten people into a mindless animal?

What if, in the year 1968, NASA decided to send three astronauts to orbit the Moon anyway?

This was the first novel I ever finished during National Novel Writing Month: 52,500 words in November of 2005. It's not the best thing ever written, and I've gotten much better since then, but I'm sharing it here as a little bit of history, both scientific and personal. (Identifying which bits of mission dialogue actually happened in real life is left as an exercise for the reader.)

I hope you enjoy this fanciful tale, and if you're looking for more alternate-history Space Age fiction, I encourage you to seek out Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut stories.


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Curtis C. Chen

Curtis writes mostly science fiction and fantasy. MOSTLY.