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Posts: 836
From: Lafayette, CA
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 01-01-2008 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone point me to a short story or novel which attempts to depict a Soviet lunar landing based on hardware the Soviets meant to fly?


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From: San Diego
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 01-01-2008 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can think of a few. All, of course, take some novelistic license, but that was what made them all very different and interesting reads for me.

The most recent one that I know of is Ascent by Jed Mercurio.

Another fascinating novel about that era (which I greatly enjoyed) was Red Moon by Michael Cassutt, set around the time that the Soviets were pushing for a manned lunar program.

Perhaps the quirkiest, taking on the paradoxes of a communist state with humor, is Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin. It's an interesting twist, and personally I loved reading it.

I'd recommend all three. If you are looking for something closest to facts, I'd go with Mike's book (as he has a great way, in all of his space novels, of telling stories that would not be able to be told if he used the real names, but nevertheless are very close to some truths). The other two describe more fictional lunar scenarios, but nevertheless grounded in some good research, and you get some great stories.


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From: Sydney, Australia
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posted 01-02-2008 02:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Rodina,

I would second Francis's choice: "Red Moon" is a tremendous book, with an intriguing fictional story woven into factual information on the early Soviet space and lunar programs, with a lot of real-ife characters such as Sergei Korolev inhabiting its pages. Highly recommended.



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From: Humboldt KS USA
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 01-02-2008 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well those are great recommendations and I can't resist anymore. I just ordered a copy.

Thanks guys for your reviews.

Mike Myer
Humboldt KS

posted 01-02-2008 11:22 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
me too!


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From: Atlanta, GA
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posted 01-02-2008 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Francis and Colin for this recommendation. Another big $1.90 purchase by me at Amazon. I'm sure I'll enjoy this unusual book!

Gary Milgrom

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