Saturday, 26 September 2015
Heinlein's Future History;
Larry Niven's Known Space History;
three future histories and one time travel series by Poul Anderson.
Verne's characters merely circumnavigate the Moon I think because Verne could not think of a way to get them safely onto the surface or back off it;
Wells had Selenites, lunar natives;
Heinlein's Future History is the only future history old enough to include an account of the first journey to the Moon and tells it from an unusual perspective, not that of the astrogator in the rocket but that of the financier back on Earth;
Heinlein has three "first man on the Moon" stories - his Future History version, his Scribner Juvenile version and his film version;
Anderson, in his Harvest of Stars History, has Lunarians, human beings genetically adapted to live, work and breed in lunar gravity - although not unprotected on the lunar surface!;
in the low gravity, Lunarians stand where Terrestrials would sit and are perfectly adapted to colonize a dense asteroid in the Kuiper Belt and also the asteroids in other planetary systems;
they create colorful, vibrant habitats inside caverns of bare rock;
in Anderson's Harvest The Fire (New York, 1997), a frustrated poet on the Moon quotes Buzz Aldrin's "Magnificent desolation."
Anderson's works read like a culmination of all that has gone before.