The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

My inspiration for getting into strategy development came from a Heinlein novel that a friend of mine recommended eight years ago. The story takes place on a thriving lunar society in the year 2076. What was so fascinating about the novel was not the technology but how humanity will change as it inhabits the stars. It is a great story and I would highly recommend! I mention this novel primarily because of the power it had to focus my career and set me on a new path.

If we could use a similar media to inspire tomorrow’s explorers, what would it look like?  Maybe a graphic novel?  Graphic novels have been exponentially growing in popularity with a diverse segment of the population. Not only have they grown to take up a whole row in any Barnes and Noble book store, but they are now the source of a growing number of motion pictures. It is a great graphical way to tell a story and engages a whole new generation.

What if we used a graphic novel format to tell the story of the future Human Exploration missions? Could it be used to inspire a whole new generation or at least inform them of the fact that we are going to the moon and onto Mars? 

With that as a background, I would like to offer you the opportunity to shape the path of future explorers.  There is some momentum building on this idea of a graphic novel for space and here is your chance to help steer the storyline for novel. Let me know what you think about the below nine ideas and/or what additional story lines you would recommend.

1. Journey/tale showing various challenges and achievements of three children that all vow to go to the Moon after an inspirational event. They don’t all succeed and life changing events push them to grow in unexpected directions. They all follow different story arcs that occasionally intersect and they are eventually caught up in a global emergency that that takes them to the Moon and beyond.
2. Rescue story demonstrating the ingenuity and spirit of a small lunar outpost crew after the unexpected impact of an asteroid. Using materials salvaged from the outpost they journey to a lava tube below the lunar surface where they set up a temporary base until a vehicle can arrive from Earth.
3. Retrospective of a wealthy entrepreneur that made a fortune in commercial space. From a humble beginning in the rural Midwest, the hero works with NASA as it begins to explore the Moon, asteroids and eventually Mars.
4. Global “Gold Rush” to the Moon after a fusion energy breakthrough make lunar helium 3 very valuable. In competition with “official” missions sponsored by countries are some very shady enterprises that will do whatever it takes to get there first.
5. Explorers on the Moon find evidence of previous visitors. The relics on the Moon point to an ancient base in Antarctica.
6. Inadvertent stowaway on a lunar resupply ship. Child’s experiences on lunar base until the next vehicle goes back to Earth.
7. Dateline Moonbase: Journalists embedded at lunar base report on technical, physical and emotional challenges of living and working in space.
8. First return to the moon; living in the habitat facing challenges with teammates, environment, communication, danger, adversity. Faced with unexpected conflicts, danger, health or injuries.
9. Following a diverse group of tweens in any town America that become interested in space travel. One is chosen later to travel to the moon and another to document the adventure.

Sharing the Vision,
Steven González, Deputy, Advanced Planning Office

241 thoughts on “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”

  1. Interesting story ideas. I might add:

    – A character (or character) has difficulty adjusting to life back on Earth after being on the moon for an extended period of time.

    – Possible cultural backlash from media outlets, bloggers, etc. similar to how some people react to other technological developments. Maybe Op/Ed pieces in newspapers about whether we should be diverting resources to the moon when so many issues on Earth still need to be addressed.

  2. Who is the target audience? Children? If so, then one of the child-oriented story lines would be best. Personally, I prefer number 2 because it highlights the ingenuity and resourcefulness that have always marked NASA’s operations (example: Apollo 13). These qualities will be absolutely necessary as we move toward unknown worlds such as Mars, using new hardware and software and management paradigms.

  3. Fantastic idea. My 10 year old son has recently taken to Raymond Feist’s Magician graphic novel and will re-read it with its imagery. Graphic novels are very inspirational learning tools. The focus on human strength, courage and innovation in survival situations may provide extra resilience in the times we face ahead.

  4. Great storylines, each and every one ! My favourite would be nr5, rings bells of other great story’ s that had great impact like 2001 and Stargate. I’ll get back with some ideas of my own.

  5. Very Insightful post, The focus on human strength, courage and innovation in survival situations may provide extra resilience in the times we face ahead.

  6. It is really quite hard to respond to this masterful book except by engaging with its political content; and yet we need to make the effort to see past the ideological to the formal and thematic if we are fully to appreciate the splendour of Heinlein's achievement here.

  7. I think that Heinlin's novels had the impact they did because they often illustrated the social and political effects of breaking through the frontier of space.

    If you could show a potential for the development in humanity through united scientific endeavours, even if the circumstances in the novel are adverse (a cheesy ending is not necessary), then you could inspire a whole new generation of pioneers.

    I like the “Inadvertent stowaway on a lunar resupply ship” idea. It could illustrate that many of the social problems we experience on Earth can be cast aside when the things that truly matter are at stake. Using a castaway would allow you to easily illustrate the differences between the earth-based society and the moon-based society from the perspective of a person who would start off no more informed than the reader when first they pick up the book.

    -Moss-

  8. Fantastic idea.I think children would learna lot from it.it would be very helpful for them to build them self strong mentally.

  9. Sounds like a great concept for a graphic art novel. The moon has fascinated humans forever, make stare at it for hours during their date. It would be a fascinating story of a colony on the moon.

  10. I like the “Inadvertent stowaway on a lunar resupply ship” idea. It could illustrate that many of the social problems we experience on Earth can be cast aside when the things that truly matter are at stake. Using a castaway would allow you to easily illustrate the differences between the earth-based society and the moon-based society from the perspective of a person who would start off no more informed than the reader when first they pick up the book.
    Thanks

  11. Thank you for sharing, I like the sound of number 5! Lots of suspense and at the end we get to find an ancient base…! Definiately number 5.
    Maybe a story that involves a group of explorers finding a on the moon? They could use it to protect themselves from the wind?

  12. I just love to talk about the moon and outer space. I guess its the mystery of the unknown. This was a very educational post I really enjoyed it. I work in a and I really which I would have gotten more involved in astronomy.

  13. Great storylines, each and every one ! My favourite would be nr5, rings bells of other great story' s that had great impact like 2001 and Stargate. I'll get back with some ideas of my own.

  14. Fantastic idea.I think children would learna lot from it.it would be very helpful for them to build them self strong mentally.

  15. These are all really great ideas to do with children. It's important we teach them about the moon and space so they may understand it.

  16. That’s really nice post, Always excited to know about outer space, lunar.. I am specially get motivation from sun, the source of entire energy of earth… We do suryanamaskar (kind of yoga) to prey and get motivation / energy we require.. I think It’s great source of all energy

    Martin

  17. The space is the only topic which I love to read and share. I loved your article. Please keep on sharing such type of articles.

  18. I think that it i important to tell all about the Moon.The best idea.I think children would learna lot from it.
    Stephen Conner

  19. This is exceptional, tho certainly not unusual for you! thanks so much.

    i agree if you could show a potential for the development in humanity through united scientific endeavours, even if the circumstances in the novel are adverse (a cheesy ending is not necessary), then you could inspire a whole new generation of pioneers.

  20. The Moon has been the subject of many works of art and literature and the inspiration for countless others. It is a motif in the visual arts, the performing arts, poetry, prose and music. A 5000-year-old rock carving at Knowth, Ireland may represent the Moon, which would be the earliest depiction discovered.[85] In many prehistoric and ancient cultures, the Moon was thought to be a deity or other supernatural phenomenon, and astrological views of the Moon continue to be propagated today.

  21. Wow What a novel this is! I like to read about space and specially about the solar system. Can you send me a copy of this novel?
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  22. I love to talk about space and specially about solar system. Any ways I liked your article. Thanks for posting this.
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  23. It seems that Heinlein novel contains great stuff.I really want to read this novel because as written here that story takes place on a thriving lunar society.I want to know what they assumed about 2076 year.

  24. NASA blogs are always awesome like this one!! Whenever I have visited them, I have always got some interesting information….

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  25. Very informative post..I like the wau you have used a novel to describe what you want to say exactly..
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  27. Thanks so much for this post. I do believe that we need a “near future” space exploration story in popular entertainment to begin to get people excited about space exploration again. Mostly I’ve been thinking about television, but a graphic novel would be a good stepping off point. It could even be published online, a la Girl Genius.

    I think number 4 would make a great, traditionally “edgy” graphic novel, but for appeal beyond the typical graphic novel fan I say #2. It is a simple plot, but if your characters are compelling, that is all you need. With that story, I would also recommend a device that worked well for this summer’s “Defying Gravity”–while the crew is dealing with their crisis on the moon, you could intersperse scenes of their lives on Earth from before the mission.

  28. The moon, sun, earth are my favorite topics. I really love to share informations about this post. Thanks for sharing this post. I loved it.

  29. This is a great post, Always excited to know about outer space and moon. I guess its the mystery of the unknown. This was a very educational post I really enjoyed it. I'm too busy training people and I really wish I would have gotten more involved in astronomy.

    Matt

  30. Fantastic novel. The concept of what humanity will become over coming millennium has always fascinated me. What's will become of our immature race and will we have both the intelligence and discipline to survive. It remains to be seen. Will our population be cleansed of our current mentality or will mature. If only we could take a peek into the future!

  31. I like the no 2 story line:
    2. Rescue story demonstrating the ingenuity and spirit of a small lunar outpost crew after the unexpected impact of an asteroid. Using materials salvaged from the outpost they journey to a lava tube below the lunar surface where they set up a temporary base until a vehicle can arrive from Earth.

    I still love watching the old 'Space 1999' series. They were great stories about the moon.

  32. Gotta love anything about space. There are so many different ways to get people interested especially when you are trying to appeal to children. If Hollywood could base more around space and REAL space related topics, that would be great AND educational. Imagine that, educational entertainment.

  33. The space is the only topic which I love to read and share. I loved your article. Please keep on sharing such type of articles.

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  34. Very Insightful post, The focus on human strength, courage and innovation in survival situations may provide extra resilience in the times we face ahead.

  35. Great idea! My favorite is no.6 I believe children would learn allot from reading experiences like this. It would be very helpful for them to build a strong sense of self. great stuff.

  36. I think the graphic novel would appeal mostly to a younger demographic possibly exposing an younger generation to this exciting field.

  37. since I was a kid, I always dream to be able to explore the universe, as human technology is currently not possible to explore the universe, instead I read novels about human exploration in the future, as in Heinlein's novel. If only I lived in the period in which men are able to explore outer space, it would be fun 🙂

  38. I plum for no 6

    6. Inadvertent stowaway on a lunar resupply ship. Child's experiences on lunar base until the next vehicle goes back to Earth.

  39. I'd pick 6 or 9 since they both suggest ideas around young people and that is who you would be trying to inspire. Heinlein wrote great science fiction but he infused a little too much of his own political beliefs for my taste.

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  40. Thank you for sharing this articles. I have first time red about space and found very useful information there.

  41. Thank you. Inspiration and vision have always played such a great role in our adventure into space.

    Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
    When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams, you can enroll the world.

  42. I really look forward to this. I think they will love it. That is if they will ever quit playing with their .

  43. 5 would rock…You have so many people that say there are ruins on the moon and mars… Which i doubt…but hey you never know. I don't doubt there is life elsewhere in the cosmos…but I doubt we will find evidence it ever existed on the moon or mars.

  44. 10. Living on the moon for 30 years. meeting new species, falling in love with a cyborg, having a “V” baby and exploring their new civilization.

  45. this is such an awesome book. I like the fact that we need to inspire our next explorers. Nasa is so important to our country. What a great read.

  46. I found this page while searching for “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” for my friends Christmas present this year. I have to say it's a fantastic book and well worth a read if you are into sci-fi. Highly recommended.
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  47. Your writing style is marvellous and you have given a good book. Keep your work

    Nice to meet you.
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  48. My guess is that someday part of the ideas outlined in this book will become reality. Look at Jules Verne … if only he knew how close he came to the truth …

    Regards,

  49. I like novels of Heinlein very much. “the dean of science fiction writers” and one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of the genre. set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality.
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  50. I love number 4. I think it would be very cool. This would give you the opportunity to have many different story lines. You could have one different story line for each country that is competing in the race to the moon. |

  51. The concept of what humanity will become over coming millennium has always fascinated me. What's will become of our immature race and will we have both the intelligence and discipline to survive. It remains to be seen. Will our population be cleansed of our current mentality or will mature. If only we could take a peek into the future!

  52. Speaking of science fiction as an inspiration, where are all the science fiction shows and movies? Is it just me or is there a decline in them? There are no new science fiction TV series and scifi movies today seem far an few between? I would like to hear people's thoughts on this. I miss shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, Lexx. They fired the imagination. Don't forget, any successful scifi story needs aliens, scifi fiction without aliens have not been very successful.

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  53. I like those ideas.
    The other idea commented here is also good:
    Maybe Op/Ed pieces in newspapers about whether we should be diverting resources to the moon when so many issues on Earth still need to be addressed.
    Maria from

  54. I think this is an excellent project! Graphic novel and letting the public help to structure it, fascinating. Maybe start with the teens brought together by their absolute need to go to the moon. Thats all I got.

  55. Intimately, the post is actually the sweetest on this worthy topic. I totally agree with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your approaching updates. Saying thanks will not just be enough, so I'm going to do all I can to share the vision.

    Jennifer,
    Global Education Consultant

  56. great Inspiration and vision have always played such a great role in our adventure into space.

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  57. NASA blogs are always awesome like this one!! Whenever I have visited them, I have always got some interesting information….

  58. “My inspiration for getting into strategy development came from a Heinlein novel that a friend of mine recommended eight years ago….If we could use a similar media to inspire tomorrow's explorers, what would it look like? Maybe a graphic novel?”

    I'm a bibliphile – so I say what's wrong the old fashioned model? For the record I like the first story idea best.

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  59. The most amazing book I ever read was 2001: A Space Odyssey. It made me pick up a telescope and try to find a monolith, that said i was only 12 years old so was pretty disappointed when i couldn't find one!

    is my life and work now, not quite as interesting as space exploration, i have my dad to blame for that.

  60. The concept of what humanity will become over coming millennium has always fascinated me. What's will become of our immature race and will we have both the intelligence and discipline to survive. It remains to be seen. Will our population be cleansed of our current mentality or will mature. If only we could take a peek into the future!

  61. I was born before the first Apollo mission and due to my young age I was fascinated from the beginning about our universe and the possibilties it offers. I would love to see humans settle on the moon or even farer away. Great idea for a story.
    Regards

  62. Tried to comment, but not visible. Anyhow, again, good concepts for exciting stories. Wait to see if there actually will be a book or movie frommone of them.
    Regards

  63. What would I do without a nasa blog like this. It is pimp. And you know what else is pimp? when you for cheap from .

  64. I am so happy that my new iphone 3GS model was able to run those few space apps like Uranus and iSky Gaze, also I saw that NASA Image of the Day app is free through apple store. Did anybody try this application? Is there any other way to install new apps ( ) then through iTunes?

  65. Great article. Added it to my favourites! Infos from NASA and the universe get me all excited and I remember my youth with Flash Gordon.
    Waiting to read more.
    Regards

  66. “9. Following a diverse group of tweens in any town America that become interested in space travel. One is chosen later to travel to the moon and another to document the adventure.”

    I think that this would be an excellent project, can you imagine the excitement and anticipation felt by these 2 groups, not to mention the workrate as both groups battle it out to be the one chosen to go to the moon?

  67. Hi Steven,

    Thank you for recommending this. definitely one of the best novels I’ve read lately ! keep it up.

  68. I have always been enamored with space travel and what lies in the great beyond.

    I know one day we will be able to build a society on another planet I just hope I am alive to see that glorious day.

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  70. It is really quite hard to respond to this masterful book except by engaging with its political content; and yet we need to make the effort to see past the ideological to the formal and thematic if we are fully to appreciate the splendour of Heinlein's achievement here.

  71. It is really? “Explorers on the Moon find evidence of previous visitors. The relics on the Moon point to an ancient base in Antarctica”.

  72. I really hope one day there is some cool human camp on the moon. Something like Total Recall but on the moon :0

  73. Thanks for great post. your views are really amazing and helpful to me and others.The way you put all the contain in one post is appreciable.

  74. Thanks for such a nice information. I know one day we will be able to build a society on another planet I just hope I am alive to see that glorious day.

  75. Those are some great ideas for stories. How about this one – A select group of astronauts and scientists make the journey to mars and along the way they strange dream like phenomina. When they finally land on mars they find an entire civilization of sixth dimensional beings, and realize that they themselves somehow along the long journey, acsended to the sixth dimension.

  76. I know one day we will be able to build a society on another planet I just hope I am alive to see that glorious day.

  77. I found this article to be very informative. Thanks for sharing,
    Your writing style is marvellous and you have given a good article. Thanks a lot.

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  78. I actually like all of these! But in particular I like the stories #1,#2,#4 and #5. I could see all of these makign afantastic blockbuster book and then a blockbuster movie to boot!

    #1 would be the most character driven of all of the stories so it might actually have a chance for longevity.

    #2 would be your typical action/rescure story (like Apollo 13).

    #4 would be a cool James Bond type of story with heroes and villains

    #5 would make a great type of story.

  79. I think scenario number 5 is a winner. I like the fact that the relics on the moon point back to an area on earth that we do not know that much about.

  80. So far, the Moon is the only celestial body on which human beings have made a manned landing. As a graphic designer, I find that a lot of my inspirations come from the graphic novels I read growing up. Reading Japanese comics had a profound influence on me, so much so that I plan on moving to Japan 1 day. I’ld bet that with great writers and artists attaching themselves to great scifi projects centered around the Moon, then who knows, 1 day the Moon may be to a kid what Japan was to me!

    – Brett Carter

  81. Thanks for the information. A very informative one I was looking for it. Keep up the good work and would like to hear more from you.

  82. You got marvelous writing skills thanks for such a informative article.
    Keep up the good work.Hope to see your next post soon.

  83. We definitely have to inspire the next pioneers in space. This will be so good to see. Nasa is big part of this world. We need to explore more.

  84. It’s unfortunate that the funding for NASA has been drastically slashed. NASA needs to pursue and develop more cost-efficient space technologies. Private companies are making NASA look like the bloated, prehistoric behemoth

    Congratulations for this interesting featured picture! A whole new world…!

  85. The Moon is the only celestial body on which human beings have made a manned landing. As a graphic designer, I find that a lot of my inspirations come from the graphic novels I read growing up. Reading Japanese comics had a profound influence on me, so much so that I plan on moving to Japan 1 day.

  86. Hey there, on my journey to find news about strategy developement i found this article. Pretty interesting read!

    Thanks, Hans ” ” Luz

  87. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this topic, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.

  88. I think Graphic Novels for Space Travel is really cool. I think it adds a exciting simplicity and also sophistication which will attract a large number of different kinds of people who will want to read and view it. I look forward to this proliferation of Novels to come out and plan to enjoy reading them.

    It will definitely add a whole new population of people who become interested in Space and Space travel !!

  89. Well I really liked your take on this subject….but waht about year 2012..have you taken that also into your account or not..

  90. I recently read Heinlein's Job, A Comedy of Justice. A little bit of sci-fi mixed in with the biblical story of Job. Fascinating. Your post makes me want to read everything Heinlein has written. Of course, I've read Stranger in a Strange Land several times, but now I will add more Heinlein to my list.

    M.-J. Taylor,

  91. Space travel is our future. We have to find possibilities to settle in space. But more important is to 'install' agriculture on other planets to support food supply on earth. Regards

  92. We spend so much time looking out into space but what about the coloization of the oceans? It is essentially like living in space. If we could first conquer the oceans I would be that we could more easily prepare ourselves for space.

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  93. I love NASA. I had some great memories listening to my Dad tell me about the Apollo moon landings. He vividly remembers the final one in 1972 where Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt were the last two men to set foot on it. I wonder if and when we can go to Mars. Considering the out-of-control budget, I doubt it will happen unless we get Star Trek-like technology that will allow us to approach the speed of light. I don't see that happening any time soon but one can only wish.

    Thanks,
    GR

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  95. I like the fifth option. Finding relics and evidence of an ancient base on the earth could lead to extraterrestrial visitors or time travelers or … lots of options.

    ” capture images, display them in unique, personal and artistic ways.”

  96. What ever media/method is chosen it will have to excite a new generation. It’s sad but true that space exploration and trips to the moon no longer engage people the way they once did.

    Without that excitement and engagement it’s going to be a ‘giant leap’ for man to inhabit the stars.

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  98. Did you guys hear about Google's 20 Million dollar prize to whoever can land something on the moon?

  99. The story seems interesting enough. I think I might buy this “moon book” on Amazon. Not into Star Trek, but this I can handle.

  100. I love the idea of stories like this to drive people's imaginations and spirit and to remind people of the amazing adventures that await. The ideas you came up with are very good. My personal favorite was finding previous visitors and the ancient base in Antarctica.

    Alan

  101. I think Graphic Novels for Space Travel is really cool. I think it adds a exciting simplicity and also sophistication which will attract a large number of different kinds of people who will want to read and view it. I look forward to this proliferation of Novels to come out and plan to enjoy reading them.
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  102. I think: 8. First return to the moon; living in the habitat facing challenges with teammates, environment, communication, danger, adversity. Faced with unexpected conflicts, danger, health or injuries.

    Would make for a great story line.

  103. Sounds like another great sci-fi novel. I will have to look for it next time at the mall. I should spend more time reading than surfing the net.

  104. Hopefully I am still alive by 2076 to witness what happens to our society and how things change. My guess is that things will improve far beyond anything imaginable – just by looking back at the past 20's century – most people a hundreds years ago would never thought of us – human being able to land on the Moon and actually start dreaming about life on it, as we do now :).

    Find for your home.

  105. I like talk about the moon and space. I think it's the mystery of our galaxy.
    This was a very interesting post, thanks for it. I work in a and my main hobby is astronomy.

  106. I'm planning on being around in 2076. Maybe by then traveling back and forth to the moon will be like a trip to the upermarket today. Who'd of thought that we would have a space shuttle today?

  107. I like 6. stowaway. although i would prefer the idea that the child stowaway grow up to become someone important on the moon with love and intrigue.

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  108. That is a great idea about a graphic novel, it might be more interesting to the younger generation that just a documentary or regular novel.

  109. Married to the mistress.

    The mood is harch on the outside but lays a face across the earth as magical it is.

  110. Fascinating ideas, Steven!

    I particularly like number 3, but surely it will end up being Richard Branson rather than “someone from the rural Midwest”? 😉

    That said, the “Inadvertent stowaway” could make an interesting topic!

    Good luck…

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  111. Hi there I just wanted to say that this sounds like a truly fantastic experience, you are a bunch of lucky guys!

  112. I think #4 about the Global “Gold Rush” to the Moon and shady enterprises that will do whatever it takes to get there first, is close to what is quite possible to really happen.

    Look at cloning for example how their are scientists doing what ever it takes to become the first to clone humans no matter whether it is ethical, moral or legal. I can see something like this in the future space race.

    Jim with

  113. Great new ideas and products come out of the space program. However, most of the manufacturing jobs go overseas once the item is able to be mass produced.

    China was once a Great Power ruling the World. It seems the cycle is coming around again. Perhaps we all need to learn the .

  114. “I think #4 about the Global “Gold Rush” to the Moon and shady enterprises that will do whatever it takes to get there first, is close to what is quite possible to really happen.

    Look at cloning for example how their are scientists doing what ever it takes to become the first to clone humans no matter whether it is ethical, moral or legal. I can see something like this in the future space race.

    Jim “

    I think so. thanks so much for you article

  115. Sounds like a choice book alright.
    Space exploration definitely holds a fascination for mankind. I guess much like . Still the amount of funding that is required blows me away. I mean to say, what's the real agenda here? If you think we're going to colonize the final frontier you're dreaming my friends, but hey, at least dreams are free. Btw, and you're free to dream as much as you like.
    Anyway, all the best with your endeavors. And don't forget, if you want to , look us up.
    Kev.

  116. I'd have to say the ninth one invokes some curiosity. What teenagers wouldn't love to get into a bit of space exploration.

    Cheers
    Kev

  117. I'm also a big fan of Heinlein, and his whole body work has never failed to inspire my imagination every single time. All the best to you strategy development endeavours!

    Cheers,

    Erin of

  118. I think inspiration comes from leadership and from inspiration comes great life experiences. That sounds like the book had a great effect on you.
    One additional story line could be the first love story set on the moon! And the first moon baby!!!! what do you think?

  119. Sounds like a decent book! Can you elaborate on the storyline a little? I love inspirational books, they have a great power behind them.

  120. First of all I am very much thankful for the article from Steven Gonzalez about moon, and it makes me to think of what are moon, and the story of the year 2076. This is interesting information about the moon. I read one article that Obama aims to ax moon mission. That article explains that NASA's plans to return astronauts to the moon are dead.

    That is interesting information about the moon. From my very early boyhood the Red Planet has been a mystery to me and as a young boy on the farm I often looked at it hanging low in the early evening sky. Thanks to my dad who is now gone, I was taught the basics about astronomy.

    I share this article with my friends. Thanks to Steven Gonzalez and thanks to NASA. I too love Heinlein's novel.

    Anais Bertie

  121. As long as i know..this expedition could be inspirstion for many people with their life.
    specially in their health life, i wish this is could be create something new in

  122. Why so many spam comments on here? It's like everyone is promoting . Let's get some useful stuff going on.

  123. Deep space exploration seems so unattainable in our life time, but I suppose we have to start envisioning the possibility sometime, why not now?

  124. I like the 5th idea best. They're very interesting, its like something I would want to watch in the movies or TV or read in a book. A lot of ideas could come from that one. Its sounds like a scavenger hunt in space where one relic could show clues about the next one with more information about the human race and how they're related to the previous moon visitors (either really advanced humans or aliens lol)Maybe the base in Antarctica would show how advanced we already were but were forced to go the evolution again kuz of some natural disaster that hit the earth or something!

  125. It is really quite hard to respond to this masterful book except by engaging with its political content; and yet we need to make the effort to see past the ideological to the formal and thematic if we are fully to appreciate the splendour of Heinlein's achievement here.

  126. I actually have a first edition of this book sitting by my bedside as I write this. Heinleine is one least appreciated authors, and considering how resolutely his works have been ignored by Hollywood, his writings remain a guilty pleasure, like , and chocolate.

  127. The concept of what humanity will become over coming millennium has always fascinated me. What’s will become of our immature race and will we have both the intelligence and discipline to survive. It remains to be seen. Will our population be cleansed of our current mentality or will mature. If only we could take a peek into the future!

  128. That’s a very nice blog which I like a lot.I have gone through it’s details and really enjoyed it very much.Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post with us.I just looking for this.Keep up the good works.

  129. I love the idea of stories like this to drive people's imaginations. The concept of what humanity will become over coming millennium has always fascinated me.

    Michael

  130. I was born before the first Apollo mission and due to my young age I was fascinated from the beginning about our universe and the possibilties it offers. I would love to see humans settle on the moon or even farer away. Great idea for a story.

  131. I love to go to the moon. I think it will be quite an adventure. Regarding the 9 story lines that you listed. I like the first one which is the story of three kinds who wanted to go to the moon. It is more realistic. Everyone of us have dreams when we were kids but not all of us was able to reach our dreams but in the end we still end up doing something that we love. I hope you are able to publish the story. Good Luck!

    Rennell

  132. Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts. thank you for sharing great information to us about moon.

  133. Those nine points seem to be pretty good to keep the readers hooked on. I think point number 8 should be concentrated on as most readers would like to see the how life starts there. You could have something like a power stone that generates the energy needed to survive on the moon.

    Regards,

  134. I like the 'ancient base on Moon' idea. Is the base from a previous civilization of Earth? Or from visitors from out of space? would appeal with all popular 'myths' atm… from Atlantis to the reptilians lol

    cheers,

  135. I like #06 “Inadvertent stowaway on a lunar resupply ship. Child’s experiences on lunar base until the next vehicle goes back to Earth.”

    What an adventure that would be and imagine the tails to tell school mates.

  136. Heinlein is a great sci-fi writer, I read him a lot when I was a teenager. Humans have the skill of adaptability, I bet this is how we survive. #8 is interesting and relates the most to the novel from Heinlein.

  137. I’m planning on being around in 2076. Maybe by then traveling back and forth to the moon will be like a trip to the upermarket today. Who’d of thought that we would have a space shuttle today?

  138. Great Blog! Good comments below. Who would have ever guessed NASA and the space program would have gone so far in such little time. The sad part is now after all we have accomplished our space program is being threatened by Washington politics. signing off and good day!

  139. The 9 points which you referred over here is really provides good knowledge, u covered almost all!! excellent…It’s interesting to know about Thriving lunar society.

  140. Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,
    A definite great read……..

  141. I recall when my own grandmother told me that “man would never land on the moon because God wouldn’t allow it”…and two months later Neil Armstrong defied both God AND my (long dead) grandmother.

    Thank you for such insightful information.

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  142. “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”
    – Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

    always ready to amaze people…good old Robert.

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