Many folks would like to see us back on the Moon and developing its resources.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

And the winner is ---

Eric Turkewitz # 9/15/2007 07:35:00 PM
posted a bit about his brother winning a screenwriting competion.
Are you writing about actions that take place on the Moon too?
- LRK -
Saturday, September 15, 2007

And the Winner Is...
Two weeks ago I wrote that my kid brother was a finalist in a
screenwriting competition
Today, he took the gold prize
in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category for Tranquility Base, beating 281 other
entrants in his category. Not too shabby.

So when I wrote last time that he needed an agent, I wasn't kidding.
About the script:
Tranquility Base is the story of astronauts stranded in space in 2040.
The action moves between the International Space Station, a Space
Transport Plane, and a Moon Base Biosphere, as 15 astronauts struggle to
secure the six available spots in the self-sustaining environment of the
Moon Base. A combination of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Survivor,
Tranquility Base examines the challenges man faces when his desire to
help others conflicts with his instinct for survival.

I know there are other winners out there too.
- LRK -

Good to see folks writing about the being on the Moon.
Maybe that will help make it happen for real.
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -

Larry Kellogg

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This one page pdf has a nice diagram of the track to the Moon - LRK -
September 16, 2007 (JST)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Orbit Control Error Correction Maneuver (�Va1)
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to carry out an orbit
control error correction
maneuver (�Va1) for the KAGUYA (SELENE) from around 08:00a.m.on September
16, 2007
(Japan Standard Time, JST.)
You can also check this information on the following Special site:


Thought I would ask Google about 'Lunar stories' and the reply was ...

08/15/04 07:50 PM

All of the above recommendations are good.

I'll throw my top five Lunar stories into the mix. The ones that really left an
impression on me were:

1) "The Moon is Hell", John Campbell
(surviving while stranded on the Moon. It's harsh)

2) "Moon Monkeys", Wen Spencer
(you laugh your a** off through the story, but when you find out why you feel
like an a**. This one is really, really good)

3) "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", Robert Heinlein
(a bit too much of the deus ex machina that Heinlein liked so much, though)

4) "The Sentinel", Arthur C. Clarke
(the man signed my diploma, I gotta pay my props. I also liked
"Earthshine" and "A Fall of Moondust". It's about time for another Moon

5) "Ice" Shane Johnson
(The idea of Christian-themed sci-fi was intriguing, and the book
does raise some interesting questions. A bit much in the deus ex
machina department [duh!], but it's a good sci-fi yarn, and I'm glad
that going to the Moon isn't beyond the pale of Christian thought)

Runners up include:
"Back to the Moon", Homer Hickam

"Project Avalon", B. Alexander Howerton
(this one has a rich industrialist deus ex machina, but does offer
an intriguing puzzle. Lay six matches on a table, the goal is to
arrange them to make four triangles.)

"Growing up Weightless", John Ford

"Moonbase"/"Moonwar", Ben Bova
(this one has a nanotech deus ex machina but is fun beach reading. He also
wrote "Millenium")

"Stowaway to the Moon: The Camelot Odyssey", Richard Shelton
(this is a great boy's adventure tale. There's no deus ex here, just a plucky
young lad and a crew of astronaut heroes!)

There are a lot of others. Our Moon has a rich amount of sci-fi associated with
'Lunar Ark' Proposed in Case of Deadly Impact on Earth

Kevin Holden Platt
for National Geographic News <>
August 14, 2007

The moon should be developed as a sanctuary for civilization in case of
a cataclysmic cosmic impact, according to an international team of
experts. NASA already has blueprints to create a permanent lunar outpost
by the 2020s. (Read: "Moon Base Announced by NASA"
[December 4, 2006].)

But that plan should be expanded to include a way to preserve humanity's
learning, culture, and technology if Earth is hit by a doomsday asteroid
or comet, said Jim Burke of International Space University (ISU) in France.

Burke, once a project manager on some of the earliest American lunar
landings, now heads an ISU study on surviving a collision with a
near-Earth object.




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