Series: Complete Fantasy Science Fiction Historical alternate history apollo 8 not werewolves

By the Light of the Moon

By Curtis C. Chen
Jul 18, 2019 · 53,813 words · 196 minutes

Moon close-up by NASA

Photo by NASA via Unsplash.

From the author: 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?


12 Chapters

Chapters 1-3

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 4,444 words (17 minutes) · 77 views

Meet Frank. Meet Bill. Meet Jim.

Chapters 4-6

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 8,170 words (30 minutes)

When Frank met Jim. When Bill Anders learned he was going to the Moon. Why Susan Borman started drinking.

Chapters 7-9

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 3,653 words (14 minutes)

Frank eats breakfast. Deke reads the newspaper. Smith shares some secrets.

Chapters 10-12

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 5,581 words (21 minutes)

George has a plan. Bill dreams. Marilyn is not on drugs.

Chapters 13-15

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 5,196 words (19 minutes)

Bill talks to Valerie. Smith has thoughts and feelings. Apollo 8 is go for launch!

Chapters 16-19

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 3,541 words (13 minutes)

Frank sees the Moon. Bill has a problem. Mission Control has many problems. Jim has good news and bad news.

Chapters 20-23

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 4,779 words (18 minutes)

Susan needs a drink. Jim makes a decision. Valerie knows things. Smith is sympathetic.

Chapters 24-27

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 4,589 words (17 minutes)

Valerie remains dubious. Smith rants. Changer talk. Christmas Eve, 1968.

Chapters 28-31

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 4,080 words (15 minutes)

A Christmas miracle! Mission Control has questions. Frank feels weird. Christmas dinner.

Chapters 32-33

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 3,347 words (13 minutes)

Valerie has an epiphany. Bill feels tired.

Chapters 34-35

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 2,905 words (11 minutes)

Marilyn finds Pat. Jim has a request.

Chapters 36-END

Updated Jul 18, 2019 · 3,528 words (13 minutes)

Frank talks to Susan. Smith comes clean. EPILOGUE: 1969.