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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 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; Dr. Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston; Prof. Madhu Thangavelu of the Department of Astronautical Engineering at the University of Southern California; Dr. Patricia Santy, former flight surgeon and psychiatrist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center; James Wesley Rawles, former US Intelligence Officer and survival -retreat consultant; Dr. Gioia Massa, “veggie” scientist at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (thanks to Patricia Henley for the introduction); Hans-Jurgen Rombaut of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture; Rick Steiner (not the professional wrestler), marine conservation specialist with Oasis Earth; and Prof. Edward Gleason, manager/astronomer of the Southworth Planetarium at the University of Southern Maine. My gratitude (inadequate word) to the gang at the University of Nebraska ’s MFA in Writing Program, where I teach, who gave me so much love and help with this project over the long haul, and to my writing group in Maine—Sarah Braunstein, Annie Finch, and Kristin Ghodsee—for their friendship and fantastic advice. Without the professionals in my corner I probably wouldn’t be writing this page at all, especially of course Kate Gale, Mark Cull, and the dedicated crew at Red Hen Press. Thanks also to my agent, David Black of the David Black Literary Agency, for his unshakeable faith in his client, and to Jennifer Herrera for her smarts and skills. John Cote’s inspired illustrations have taken this book to another level— you’ll see what I mean—and dogged expert Terry Hill made the other pictures possible (the world of obtaining permissions is grueling, mysterious, and perverse). Thanx and a tip of the Hatlo hat to my aunt, Mary Jane Brock, who remembered that garden out back as if it were yesterday. To Maureen Tobin, I wish I had listened to you sooner. Finally, and most of all, my love and gratitude to Sarah Wright. This page is left intentionally blank ...


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