It’s been ten years since the Lunar Free State established itself as an independent nation on Earth’s Moon. Since then, other Earth nations have pushed out into space, competing with the LFS for the untapped resources of the Solar System; but thanks to the advantages provided by its gravity-driven spacecraft, the lunar nation has grown and prospered. All is going well for the “Moonies” until the research ship LFS Stephen Hawking encounters an anomaly while surveying Saturn’s rings — an alien spacecraft that leads the LFS vessel on a merry chase before vanishing into... well, for want of a better term, hyperspace. The alien craft is obviously not from “around here” — which leaves the LFS facing two undeniable facts: Humans of Earth not the only intelligent life in the universe, and travel between the stars is possible. Now the LFS just has to figure out how to do it... and prepare for the consequences if whoever sent the anomaly should decide to return.
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I was looking forward to getting my hands on the second book in The Saga of the Lunar Free State, Someday the Stars, and it certainly didn't disappoint when it arrived earlier this month. It starts out with a wonderful teaser of the story's possible direction in the prologue, and while the book starts ten years after the end of The Moon and Beyond, the author covered those previous years' events that were relevant to the current timeline in such a way that I didn't feel I missed out on something in the storyline. I also greatly appreciated the fact that the first few chapters of the book were NOT devoted to summarizing the whole of the first book. Putting myself into the story was instant with the second book, and I felt like I was visiting old friends after an unwanted absence while making some very interesting new ones! Of course, getting involved in the story and the characters makes the good times better, and the losses harder, but that's what good stories are supposed to do, right? While there are times I would like to know more of what happened during the missing time frames between time periods in the story I think that comes mainly from allowing myself to be part of what I'm reading and not just an observer of the story. Someday the Stars, like The Moon and Beyond, appeals to my enjoyment of science fiction, astronomy and cosmology, science and history. In addition, my unending amazement and awe at human curiosity, strength, and ingenuity are continually reinforced with the author's use of believable characters set in a world of plausible and realistic world views, situations, and prejudices. Once again I appreciate not being left with a cliffhanger; just a delightful hint of what may be in store in the next installment.