The Journey Begins

 

This is the official site of the fictional Lunar Settlement Authority – founder of the first permanent moon settlements described in my novel Moon Life.

I’m going to admit this right at the beginning. You won’t be fooled anyway. I may pretend to be fearlessly defending mankind, but I wouldn’t believe me if I were you. Primarily, I just want to write a good story and have people enjoy it.

This blog is composed in support of my science fiction novel about the foundation and development of the first settlements on the moon.

Not a totally original subject, obviously. But it is written from a different point of view. Inevitable for me, because I am of an age, and, unavoidably, I have learned a few things along the way that I really didn’t want to.

One of those things  is that people do what they want, and then convince themselves that it is the right thing to do. It isn’t the other way around as they will tell you.

This is as true for the survival of mankind as it is for what we have for breakfast.

So are we going to establish colonies in space? You bet! but not right now, we have a lot of other things we want to spend our money on. Not convenient right now, thanks.

But there is a sticking point with this approach. The universe doesn’t wait. Odds are that we will have plenty of time to avoid the inevitable, but maybe we won’t.

So the premise of my novel is that the Earth has ignored the warnings of inevitable disaster that the universe has posted for us on every planet that preserves the evidence of frequent cosmic collisions. The result is that we are unprepared for a comet strike when it comes, and the population of the Earth is almost wiped out, just like the dinosaurs were. Far-fetched, you think?

I have chosen this simplistic disaster because it is a lot easier to write than the alternative demise we face. I am just a simple disaster kind of guy. Uncomplicated is what I am.

In truth, most mass extinctions have been caused by sustained and widespread volcanic activity, and not by impacts. but that takes millions of years, and accounts of that would make any book written on it a bit tiresome,

But the result, – air we can’t breathe, land we can’t live on, and widespread extinction of all the species of plants and animals we depend on, is about the same  in both cases, so I chose the impact by a space object because I could describe that quick enough so that you could bear to read it, maybe.

Because the evidence of such collisions is obscured by weathering, covered by seas, or buried by the subduction of tectonic plates, we were long unaware of the evidence that the Earth has always been a target for astronomical objects that can hit  with incredible force and cause unmanageable harm.

In our time, it has only been 50 years since the Chicxulub crater was discovered and much less time since indications of its devastating impact were uncovered. Still, there is widespread dispute that the impact was the sole cause of the demise of the dinosaurs and many other creatures, paving the way for the rise of the mammals and our pre-eminence in the domination of the Earth.

There is, however, no denying the evidence that something caused a mass extinction approximately 66 million years ago.

Although there are a number of theories proposed by various astronomers that serious impacts like Chicxulub occur on a periodic basis, there is no demonstrated proof of that either, although scientists learning that serious impacts are far more likely than we have previously considered.

Certainly, in spite of the danger, the likelihood of any such collision is still vanishingly small. On any given day, there is close to nil likelihood that a dangerous impactor will cross Earth’s path. But, on the other hand, over time, it is absolutely certain that it will happen some day.

So, while there are many proposals for colonies on the Moon, none of them is driven by any sense of urgency. And really, if any such Moon colony is to provide any degree of insurance for the survival of mankind in the face of serious impacts on the Earth, it must be self-sustaining and genetically viable. That requires a sizeable habitation.

Manned and unmanned studies of the Moon have now amassed evidence pointing to a strong likelihood that a self-sustaining settlement on the Moon is possible with presently available technology.

My preliminary observation about desires obscuring needs is the reason why I have presumed in my novel that lunar settlement will never be a voluntary choice. Alternate expenditures will always be judged to be more desirable, unless disaster stares us in the face. Unfortunately, the disaster I describe will never stare. It may blink, but when we see it, it will already have happened.

So, to ensure that hypothetical survival of mankind, I have made a presumption that only an unhinged catastrophist would make. These assumptions are enshrined in Moon Life.

I have attached a few chapters from my book that reveal the extent of my dark speculations. I can’t ask you to enjoy them, but I would be satisfied if you appreciated them.

Barry.

One thought on “The Journey Begins

  1. Sounds like a cool book. I write about a Mars colony and, given the excitement of people like Elon Musk and groups like Mars One, my settlers are willing to leave a happy Earth behind. I thought about things like genetic diversity, so I’m glad to see you have too. It’s a fascinating topic, considering how real people (not soldiers or NASA) might survive (or not) on another world.

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