Other Systems #2 has a title….

As many of you know, I’ve struggled with the title for Other Systems #2 for a long time. As it wasn’t really a sequel but a companion novel, I really shouldn’t even be referring to it as Other Systems #2.

ImageThis novel focuses on what happened to Earth after the Kiposi left the space elevators. It spans a decade as it follows Eleanor Kessler Rao as she runs away from a hastily arranged marriage and works her way across the world to be part of the building of an “utopian” colony on Luna.

I played with words that meant Other such as:

“Other Path” and  “Divergent Paths” or “Divergent”

then I worked with the words that meant elevator such as

“Lift” “Reach”  or “Across the Reach”

There were plenty that had to do with “stars” or “moon”

“Stairway to the Stars” “Reach to the Stars”

“Lunar Modification” “Lights from Luna” or
“Will We See Lights from the Lunar City?” which is actually a question posed by Ellie in the novel.

I even considered words that meant utopia:

“The Outpost of Dreams” “The Colony of Heaven” but none of them seemed to fit.  47 Titles in all. 

The other night, I was working on it again. I got somewhat frustrated so I read Dennis my list. And as I was reading the part that played with the words “Light” and “Dark”, Dennis had an inspiration. He came up with this title: The Light Side of the Moon

The colony is placed on the light side of the moon and I feel it works for the utopian dreams of the colonists as well. So I am going to stop calling it Other Systems #2 and begin to refer to it as


8 responses to this post.

  1. Love the name 🙂 BTW, can I please borrow Outpost of Dreams? It’s AMAZING!


  2. Cool. That’s fine with me, one nice thing about the 47 titles was there were a few that I liked really well and set aside for future projects too. 🙂


  3. Love this, Elizabeth. A great title 🙂


  4. Glad I’m not the only one who battles to find a good title! Really interesting to hear your processes, and beneficial too. Good title by the way.


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