View this email in your browser

By the Light of the Moon

As you know, <<First Name>>, this coming weekend is the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing, a historic event recently retold on the big screen in the fictionalized First Man and the straight-no-chaser documentary Apollo 11.

Many stories have been told about various milestones in the Space Age: Apollo 13, Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff, James Michener's Space. And though many of these retellings take liberties with various historical details--Michener goes so far as to make up an entirely fictitious "Apollo 18" mission just so he can stage a disaster on the Moon--all of them stick to actual science. Even Mary Robinette Kowal's epic alternate-history Lady Astronaut stories are based in fact.

Well, I'm nothing if not contrarian, which is why in 2005 I wrote a fantasy novel about Apollo 8, the first mission to orbit the Moon (during which the astronauts took the famous "Earthrise" photograph shown above). And I set it in an alternate world where 10% of the human population transforms into animals if they look directly at the full Moon.

By the Light of the Moon was the first project I completed during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), producing just over 52,000 words in 30 days. I've won NaNo many times since then--and gotten even faster at typing!--but since that was a historic occasion for me personally, I'm now sharing the story in a serialized format over on Curious Fictions:

Fair warning: it's very much a first draft, but the first three chapters are free to read, and if you like them, the whole thing's just $6. Or you can subscribe to my CF page and get more stories and posts from me every month!

Read "By the Light of the Moon" Chapters 1-3 for FREE


Can't get enough of my tall tales set on Luna? Well, my second Kangaroo novel, Kangaroo Too, mostly takes place on a future version of the Moon! Available in hardcover, eBook, or audio formats; ask for it by name at your local library or independent bookstore. I highly recommend the audiobook--PJ Ochlan does a great narration. (And don't forget about the cover puzzle!)

Listen to an excerpt from the KANGAROO TOO audiobook
cheesy romantic space puns FTW
Follow me on Twitter
Facebook Fan Page
Official Web Site
Copyright © 2019 Curtis C. Chen, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp