The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction

The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction

by Neil Clarke (Editor)


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When Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, itt was a giant leap for mankind and an inspiration to science fiction writers everywhere!

The lone survivor of a lunar crash, waiting for rescue in a solar powered suit, must keep walking for thirty days to remain in the sunlight keeping her alive . . . life as an ice miner turns ugly as the workers’ resentment turns from sabotage to murder . . . an astronaut investigating a strange crash landing encounters an increasing number of doppelgangers of herself . . . a nuclear bomb with a human personality announces to a moon colony that it will soon explode . . . hundreds of years in the future, art forgers working on the lunar surface travel back in time to swap out priceless art, rescuing it from what will become a destroyed Earth . . .

On July 20, 1969, mankind made what had only years earlier seemed like an impossible leap forward: Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the moon, and Neil Armstrong the first person to step foot on the lunar surface. While there have only been a handful of new missions since, the fascination with our planet’s satellite continues, and generations of writers and artists have imagined the endless possibilities of lunar life.

The Eagle Has Landed collects the best stories written in the fifty years since mankind first stepped foot on the lunar surface, serving as a shining reminder that the moon is a visible and constant example of all the infinite possibility of the wider universe.
  • Bagatelle by John Varley
  • The Eve of the Last Apollo by Carter Scholz
  • The Lunatics by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Griffin’s Egg by Michael Swanwick
  • A Walk in the Sun by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Waging Good by Robert Reed
  • How We Lost the Moon by Paul McAuley
  • People Came From Earth by Stephen Baxter
  • Ashes and Tombstones by Brian Stableford
  • Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl’s by Adam Troy Castro
  • Stories for Men by John Kessel
  • The Clear Blue Seas of Luna by Gregory Benford
  • You Will Go to the Moon by William Preston
  • SeniorSource by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • The Economy of Vacuum by Sarah Thomas
  • The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt
  • Fly Me to the Moon by Marianne J. Dyson
  • Tyche and the Ants by Hannu Rajaniemi
  • The Moon Belongs to Everyone by Michael Alexander and K.C. Ball
  • The Fifth Dragon by Ian McDonald
  • Let Baser Things Devise by Berrien C. Henderson
  • The Moon is Not a Battlefield by Indrapramit Das
  • Every Hour of Light and Dark by Nancy Kress
  • In Event of Moon Disaster by Rich Larson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597809993
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Pages: 600
Sales rank: 612,119
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Neil Clarke is the editor of Clarkesworld and Forever Magazine and owner of Wyrm Publishing, and a six-time Hugo Award Nominee for Best Editor (short form). He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Introduction Neil Clarke ix

Bagatelle John Varley 1

The Eve of the Last Apollo Carter Scholz 22

The Lunatics Kim Stanley Robinson 44

Griffin's Egg Michael Swanwick 67

A Walk in the Sun Geoffrey A. Landis 135

Waging Good Robert Reed 150

How We Lost the Moon, A True Story by Frank W. Allen Paul McAuley 188

People Came from Earth Stephen Baxter 201

Ashes and Tombstones Brian Stableford 212

Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl's Adam Troy Castro 225

Stories for Men John Kessel 269

The Clear Blue Seas of Luna Gregory Benford 336

You Will Go to the Moon William Preston 365

SeniorSource Kristine Kathryn Rusch 378

The Economy of Vacuum Sarah Thomas 393

The Cassandra Project Jack McDevitt 405

Fly Me to the Moon Marianne J. Dyson 418

Tyche and the Ants Hannu Rajaniemi 441

The Moon Belongs to Everyone Michael Alexander K.C. Ball 455

The Fifth Dragon Ian McDonald 500

Let Baser Things Devise Berrien C. Henderson 516

The Moon is Not a Battlefield Indrapramit Das 529

Every Hour of Light and Dark Nancy Kress 546

In Event of Moon Disaster Rich Larson 562

Permissions 575

About the Editor 579

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