The Menace From Earth by Robert Heinlein:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

"We began this issue with a grim picture of lunar life, and now round it out with a bright and happy one — obviously belonging to a later period of extraterrestrial colonization. "The major technical problem in writing science fiction" Heinlein has written, ”is the extreme difficulty of building up a complex, strange background sufficiently to produce empathy and flavor without letting the stage dressing get in the way of the story!" This is why, the author frankly confesses, he rarely writes anything under book-length; but in this one of his very scarce shorter pieces, he brings off the characteristic Heinleinesque feat of telling an entertaining human story while creating a whole other culture and technology. The former features a singularly captivating young heroine; the latter entails (like Malcolm Jameson’s neglected classic, Bullard Reflects) the wonderfully detailed realization of a new sport, possible to men only when they have left this planet. "

Very nicely written Heinlein short story; a rich woman from Earth goes to the moon on holiday, and tries to steal the Heinlein heroine's boyfriend. Has very good flying scenes. Select an invention:

Bats' Cave
A natural cavern used by moon colonists for air storage - and entertainment.

Storer-Gulls Wings - recreation for lunar colonists
Recreational aid for lunar colonists; lightweight wings for cave flying. is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
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Orbital Mechanics, The Liftoff, The Turnover, The Retrograde Burn
re: EE 'Doc' Smith

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re: Raymond Z. Gallun

AI Enhances Images Your Brain Sees
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Illustrating Classic Heinlein With AI
re: Robert Heinlein

Deflector Plasma Screen For Drones ala Star Wars
re: EE 'Doc' Smith

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