Accolades, Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigram

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Acknowledgments

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My great thanks to those who have helped me on this strange odyssey which, however slim the results, took me almost as long as the original Greek one. I’m particularly grateful to a number of experts who generously shared their time and thoughts with me: Dr. Bernard Foing, a principal-project lunar scientist with the European Space Agency; ...

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Chapter 1: What It Takes

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pp. 1-16

I was slung in my favorite deck chair, drink in hand, having a gawk at the night sky. Andromeda, Pisces . . . I trawled the constellations, mind abandoned, still aware in some curve at the back of my brain that the world is coming apart at the seams and we’re all fucked, ...

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Chapter 2. The Target

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pp. 17-32

Once it was filled with juju and mojo. It beamed us messages. It enforced its will. Long gone, those days: now the moon seems to move in a sort of lovely mineral trance. Of course, although we’re not its slaves anymore, the spiritual aesthetics of it command us still. ..

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Chapter 3. The Trip

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pp. 33-48

Customers in space! The time is ripe, the field clear—not counting the International Space Station, a weary fixture that conjures images of, well, nothing, unless it’s that shot of Thelma and Louise’s car frozen over the gorge. So the spotlight has turned to the private sector, to an ambitious few straining to reclaim space in the name of the people. ...

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Chapter 4. Shelter

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pp. 49-65

I don’t know the particular moment when librarians threw in the towel. I don’t know if they held a convention and decided, “Fuck it, we’re not whispering anymore,” or the yakking of the patrons overwhelmed them or what. But I haven’t taken it well. I miss the old days. ...

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Chapter 5. Food

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pp. 66-82

Any student of the moon is inevitably struck by how long it has been entwined with the dream of giant vegetables. Why it has I’m not sure, whether its dominion over Earth farming somehow applied, but with the arrival of the telescope the notion of jumbo lunar plants took off. ...

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Chapter 6. Sex

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pp. 83-97

So far sex on the moon has played out only in the theater of the mind, but the critics are raving. “The very act of making love on the Moon will last much longer,” warbles “British sex expert” Dr. Andrew Stanway, since “every lover will automatically be six times lighter,” every movement six times etc. ...

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Chapter 7. Wealth

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pp. 98-115

Alfred Lord Tennyson had some thoughts on buying and selling in outer space. As he saw it, when “the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails / Pilots of the purple twilight dropping down with costly bales,” universal peace would shower down as well. ...

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Chapter 8. The Doomsday Ark and the Alien Priest

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pp. 116-131

Space travel is a theology that needs no god. Some find one anyway—moonwalker Charles Duke returned from his trip a born-again Christian—but the presence of great wells of faith in something out there, something infinitely discoverable, doesn’t mean there has to be a king of it. ...

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Chapter 9. Fun

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pp. 132-147

In years to come, as rockets crammed with earthlings come streaming toward the moon, the difference between holidaymaking and mass exodus will have to be nicely judged. There are getaways and getaways, and our lunar colonists will have to keep a weather eye out if they want to prevent being overrun. ...

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Chapter 10. Troubleshooting

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pp. 148-166

In the 1880s Oscar Wilde made a tour of the American South. He was there in part to promote a traveling production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, a show in which he was heavily mocked. So he was bathed in even more irony than usual, but as he soon discovered, ...

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Biographical Note

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Pope Brock is a writer, teacher and DJ living in Arlington, Massachusetts. He is the author of two previous books: Indiana Gothic (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese), about the murder of his great-grandfather; ...