The Great Moon Rush…Call for Submissions
Ok, yes. I’m annoyed. However, I’m not the type to whine about things that annoy me without trying to do something about them.
So here it goes…
- Which way to get to the moon?
How would human settlements survive there?
What problems would they face?
What would folks’ lives be like?
What things of value are on the Moon to support a settlement?
The current administration’s policies regarding the human exploration of the moon are ill-informed, closed-minded, short-sighted and dangerous. Consequently, I want to do what little I can to help reverse it.
So I’m putting together an anthology of moon settlement stories for submission for publication as an ebook and in paperback in late 2012. The anthology will be tentatively titled “The Great Moon Rush” (unless the publisher wants to call it something else). I’ll be taking submissions until the end of August of 2011. If I don’t receive at least 200 pages of acceptable material (including my own story, “Lunar Nights”) I’ll announce to everyone with accepted submissions that the project is cancelled. If you are a publisher interested in this project, please let me know at the email address below and I’ll keep you informed on the project’s status while you decide.
- The story has to take place on a permanently occupied base on Earth’s moon.
- The story must comply with the highest standards of linguistic quality (i.e. good punctuation, grammar, and use of the language).
- The story should contain some element highlighting a possible and plausible direct benefit for human habitation of the Moon.
- The the story should contain no more graphic violence than would be found in a PG-13 movie.
- No sexual content whatsoever (see The Incredible Shrinking Genre if you have any doubts about my convictions on this point).
- If your characters absolutely must use profanity, remember that it really does reflect on the author also, and the editor of the anthology, so it might get your story rejected without comment.
- I’ll pay a 5 cents per word royalty advance at the time of publication. Understand that this advance will probably come out of my own pocket, so I’ll need to like your story a lot.
- I’ll expect you to help me market the book. Subsequently, some prior success in getting your work sold (not just published) will be helpful to selection of your story.
- You must own the copyrights to the work.
- Edwardian Scifi, Space opera, Hard-scifi, Steampunk (good luck with that, it really would be cool though), or any other sub-genre of Science Fiction will be acceptable so long as it complies with the content guidelines.
- No fan-fic please. I don’t like lawyers sending me nasty mail.
- I may or may not include comments with rejections. If these guidelines are followed closely then maybe, otherwise not.
- Email submissions to email@example.com. If I don’t see a reply from me within a couple of days confirming receipt of your submission, then drop me a comment here and I’ll check my junk mail filter for it.
- No simultaneous submissions please. I’ll read the story and get back to you as quick as I can. Easy rejections (the ones that don’t follow these guidelines) will come the quickest because I won’t finish reading them.
- Length is still open, for now. We’ll see if I have to specify something for this later. Stories make their own length, so please don’t compress your novella. I’ll know. No, really…I can tell.
- The Moon or Bust! (bhousley.wordpress.com)
- Chinese Moon Probe Begins Deep Space Exploration (space.com)
- The Moon may have the same proportion of water as Earth does (nextbigfuture.com)