Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in The Menace From Earth
by Robert Heinlein

"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.

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Carbon Nanotube Ribbon For Space Elevator
   An amazing development - real hyperfilaments just like Clarke described for building a space elevator.

Sports In Space
   Life in space will be incomplete with sports to play. But what sports are appropriate to space?

Is This A 'Skylight' Leading To A Lunar Cave?
   Could this deep hole be an entrance to a lunar cave or lava tube? If so, it could point the way to a perfect location for permanent habitation on the Moon.

Moon's Huge Lava Tubes Perfect For Heinlein's Bat Wings
   'It's just a big volcanic bubble, two miles across...' - Robert Heinlein, 1957.

Cosplay Style Wings Could Work On Moon
   'They're lovely! - titanalloy struts as light and strong as bird-bones...' - Robert Heinlein, 1957.

Lava Tubes On Mars And Moon May Be Huge
   'Most of the stuff written about Bats' Cave gives a wrong impression.' - Robert Heinlein, 1957. 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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SpaceX Wants A Moonbase Alpha
re: L. Ron Hubbard

Vast Apartment Living Will Get Even More Vast
re: Louis Tucker

NASA Wants Self-Driving Or Remote-Controlled Vehicles For Lunar Astronauts
re: Stanley G. and Helen Weinbaum

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