The Moon in Literature...

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  1. Paul Bellow

    Paul Bellow Forum Game Master Staff Member LitRPG Author Shop Owner Citizen Aspiring Writer

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    Moon on the mind: two millennia of lunar literature

    The Moon’s luminous, cratered face, visible to the naked eye, has sparked the imaginations of writers and scientists for centuries. Our satellite became a blank canvas: a proxy Earth on which writers could project alternative societies and satirize terrestrial ones, and a fruitful testing ground for scientific and technological speculation.

    One lunar-literature pioneer was the second-century Syrian satirist Lucian of Samosata, whose A True Story is often cited as the first science-fiction narrative. Extrapolating from sea voyages, travellers are blown to the Moon by a whirlwind. In a satire on Earthly territorial conflicts, they encounter a war between Sunites and Moonites. Lucian’s Moon-dwellers are tall humanoids dressed in woven glass and subsisting on frogs.

    Greek biographer Plutarch’s Moralia (ad 100) is arguably the first such narrative to introduce scientific ideas. It contains a dialogue that could be construed as early astronomy, touching on close observation of the lunar surface and its appearance at different phases of orbit.
     
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    I think Douglas Adams has the last word on the moon in literature.

    "Boy being meets girl being, under a silvery moon, which then explodes for no adequately explored reason."

    :)
     
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    Yuli Ban Level 18 (Magician) LitRPG Author Citizen Aspiring Writer

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    A purely terraformed moon is increasingly unlikely as I study (the fundamentals of) astrophysics, but one fascinating possibility that's enraptured me in recent years is the concept of a "wired moon". To the point I've had some people do mock-ups.
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    This is still unlikely because there probably won't be large-scale colonization going on, but I can see automated industry happening.

    And here's a fun question: what tales will people tell in an era of a wired moon?
     
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