Challenge: Write a Science Fiction Novel About the Moon

Legendary science fiction writer discusses lack of female representation in moon science fiction writing. Challenge accepted.

In March 2018, I attended an interesting event at Arizona State University called Emerge 2018: Luna City 2175.  It was an excellent exploration of what life will be like on the Moon in 2175. A brief description of the event:

Emerge 2018: Luna City 2175. In this immersive adventure to Luna City in the year 2175, visitors will explore the historic metropolis and add their own story to the city’s living narrative. Discover the old-Moon charms of humanity’s first permanent space settlement, a scrappy little city that has already reinvented itself several times as a company town, tourist destination, and down-at-the-heels artistic enclave.  Visit ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society for more information.

During this event, science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson recorded a live podcast talking about What Is The Moon For? A Chat with Kim Stanley Robinson. He has a new novel, Red Moon, coming out this October. Listen to the podcast shared by ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination below:

One of the mind-boggling facts Robinson mentioned was he has yet to find a science fiction novel written by a woman about the Moon. I had the opportunity to speak with him before the podcast recording and in that discussion he challenged me to 1) find any existing novels that may have eluded him in his research and 2) to write about the moon.

I haven’t stopped contemplating that challenge since. So many questions have come to mind: What would I write about? Am I capable of writing a science fiction novel? Could I do this all on my own? In that moment, I realized all I was doing was doubting my ability to pull this off. As women, we are culturally wired to self-doubt. I have been actively working to rewire that by recognizing when self-doubt creeps in and converting that energy into motivation. In this case, I have decided that I don’t need to do this alone and I can reach out to all of my space enthusiast friends to see if there is any interest.

The Challenge

I am reaching out to all women who are interested in participating in a writing club with the goal of coauthoring a science fiction novel about the Moon. I think it will be a fun exploration and I welcome all who are interested in committing to this challenge. If you are interested in participating, feel free to reach out to me directly.

The moon needs women and I invite all of you women in the audience, in the world, and in this great brave new future that you are in, put some stories on the moon.

~ Kim Stanley Robinson

Featured image was taken on August 18, 2016 by Commander Jeff Williams of NASA during Expedition 48 on the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

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Erin Bonilla

Erin Bonilla is pursuing a master's degree in Adventure Education with a concentration in the psychosocial components of human spaceflight selection and training. She believes that through the development of a baseline approach to behavioral health within the astronaut selection process we can minimize long term psychosocial challenges and increase participant enjoyment.

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  • Would be great to see women authors of SF. But what about Ursula Le Guin? I wonder if she ever wrote about the moon?

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