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The fate of The Light Side of the Moon has been decided!

The Light Side of the Moon will be published by 48Fourteen!

lunaIn Other Systems, the Kiposi built space elevators on Earth to get humans, livestock and seed cheaply off the planet. I knew I wanted to explore other aspects of space colonization and I began the second of a series of companion novels each focusing on a separate aspect of the human condition in the far future. The Light Side of the Moon will focus on the rebuilding of Earth’s space program.

Human colonists from another planet seek young people to populate their utopian colony. Many are tested, few are chosen. The Light Side of the Moon is the story of those who remained in Earth’s solar system.

Ella Sethdottier’s family lives in extreme poverty, barely surviving on the training wage system. When her mother dies from the flu and her older brother Dan is fired from his job, Ella is arranged to be married to an elderly groom to keep her warm and safe.

Determined to make a better life for herself, but with no prospects, she follows rumors halfway around the world with the hope of working on Lunar Colony Tranquility. The road is fraught with danger, but she makes her way thousands of kilometers to the Paris Space Elevator, meeting a variety of people along the way, including a family of broken down androids who decide to accompany her. Ella and the androids indenture themselves to the warden as servants and companions for his family.

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On Luna, Ella escapes dire poverty, however she must navigate the treacherous paths of life in a place where one misstep can mean disaster. Corrupt guards take comfort from the prison population as the conflicted warden tries to keep the peace. As colony’s relentless hardships intensify, Ella forges an unlikely friendship with the idealistic dreamer, Dr. Ian Whitlatch. The two draw strength from one each other to defeat formidable enemies—hunger, riots, inconsistent supply drops, and the insidious effects of low gravity—and find the strength to build a utopia.

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The Light Side of the Moon has taken the first tiny step towards publication…

The first step in publication of this novel is to send it to 48Fourteen the publisher of Other Systems. I know it got there, because the editor has sent me a confirmation letter. We will see what happens–honestly there are thoughts swirling through my mind.

luna1) Is is too harsh on organized religion both current as well as one from the future? Is it too harsh on the prison system?

2) There is a love story. Is it trite? This is my first romantic subplot in a written novel.

3) Finally, and this is the question I always ask: Will I make you care about these fictional people? Can I make you believe they and the setting in which they live are real?

Here’s a bit of non-spoiler pre-edited TRIVIA:

Currently there are four quotes from Albert Einstein in the book. Ian’s dad (Royce Whitlatch) refer’s to him as “an ancient philosopher and one of the early modern physicists.”

Author Dan Thompson helped me with the British English slang and impolite conversation–this is set in the Other System’s Universe after all.  Now I can I swear with the best of them in two types of English.

There is also some swearing in French.

As I did create the artwork for the cover and Illustrations for  Other Systems, I will be doing the same for The Light Side of the Moon. In fact, I was going to start on that in the near future so keep your eyes peeled for some reveals!

Fly away The Light Side of the Moon.

Let’s see what happens.

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