In January, I entered a contest being run by speculative fiction author Susan Kaye Quinn. She was putting together a project for authors who wanted to send their ebooks and other assorted stuff to the moon in a lunar time capsule. 125 authors were chosen by lottery to get aboard this project. She then ran a contest for six “Stowaway” slots to be given to fans/readers. I was highly fortunate to win one of those slots!
Astrobiotic and delivery service DHL have teamed up to deliver “MoonBoxes” to the Moon. Each person gets 20 MB of space on a 16 GB MicroSD card. That card must fit into a hexagonal shaped compartment measuring 0.75 inches by 0.125 inches.
Susan Kaye Quinn and her awesome assistant Noelle Gaussens have been doing a fabulous job organizing all the different files going into everyone’s payloads. All of this will then be loaded onto the MicroSD card and sent to Astrobiotic before March 1, 2021.
Once they receive it, this memory card, along with other cargo, will be loaded into the Lunar Lander. This lander will be part of Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission One. Then, in the Fall of 2021, it will be launched into space aboard a United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Eventually, it will land in an area on the northeastern part of the moon called Lacus Mortis. This landing site will be north of the furthest Apollo landing site, Apollo 17. More information on Astrobiotic’s program can be found at this website.
Now, although I am not an author sending ebooks to the Moon, I am a book reviewer. Of these 125+ authors, I’ve read and reviewed many of them over the years and recognize that I’m in distinguished company. Enclosed in my payload are all the reviews I’ve written for ten of these passengers. There are 89 book reviews total and they’re listed here, according to their manifest number:
#1 – Susan Kaye Quinn
#5 – Rysa Walker
#6 – John Gregory Hancock
#9 – Samuel Peralta
#11 – Patrice Fitzgerald
#20 – Jon Frater
#26 – Patricia Gilliam
#49 – D.K. Cassidy
#58 – Philip Harris (and one review for Michael Patrick Hicks, a stowaway in Philip’s payload)
Because I am a book reviewer, I think it’s perfectly fitting that I send my book reviews of these authors to the Moon. This way, when people discover all the ebooks sent in this lunar time capsule, they will also find book reviews demonstrating how much I enjoyed their stories. Then, I’m sure they will want to read them and find out for themselves what excellent reads they all are.
While I do wonder who will discover this payload someday, I know that they will find some excellent stories to enjoy. And hopefully, my book reviews will tell them why all the stories they discover will be a pleasure to experience.
Of these 89 reviews, 44 reviews were for anthologies, 2 reviews were for short story collections by a single author, 10 were for short stories, 19 were for novels, 2 were for novellas and 1 was for a graphic novel. Some anthologies featured more than one of the authors listed on this manifest.
Also, since there are 44 reviews for anthologies, that means that for the 300-400 authors (or more) in all of those anthologies, my reviews for their stories are also going to the Moon!
89 reviews is also about 18.47% of all 482 reviews that I’ve written to date since June 2008. So, that’s a nice sizable chunk of my reviews that will be archived on the Moon.
But it’s not just my reviews and ebooks of many authors that will be going up there. The cremated remains of the late, famed science fiction author Arthur C Clarke will be aboard this mission as well. You can read more about that here at this link.
I’ve been working on everything that I’ll be sending to the Moon for the past couple of weeks. It’s been taking a lot of time to compile all the cool stuff that I want to send in it.
As far as I know, it looks like I will be the first book blogger ever who will have their reviews archived on the Moon! How cool is that?!?!?!?
Besides book reviews, what else did I put in my payload? The answer to that question will be answered in a follow up blog post.
If you want to find out more about Susan Kaye Quinn’s “Writers on the Moon” project, please go to her website at this link.
I’ll be posting more status updates about this as they occur over the coming months. But in the meantime, it is SO AMAZING that this is even happening!!!!!
Finally, a very special thanks to Susan Kaye Quinn for running this contest and letting me be a “stowaway” on board with the “Writers on the Moon” project!