Challenge: Moon Story

Introduction

For me, the passion to outer space and high tech began neither from the lessons of astronomy at school nor from my college. The first interest to cosmos appeared from books – sci-fi books. I read them a lot. And after reading several of them, I started to learn mathematics, engineering, and other sciences because I would have loved to be closer to all things that I saw in those books.

The popularization of the space theme is an important task and your writing skills can be no less important than engineering or physics expertise.

Problem

Colonization of the Moon has excited spacers for a long time. Let’s dream about it but in a sci-fi style.

Write a short story about a moon colony (or colonies). It’s preferable if the story will be science fiction but, if you want, you can write in other genres.

Output

A short story. Add illustrations if you want.

Useful Resources

Science Fiction

How to write a short story

20 Writing Tips from Fiction Authors

Metadata

Theme: Literacy

Skills: Writing, Creativity

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

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One comment

  1. People have lived on Earth for a long time and have adapted to a lot of conditions here. I personally adapted myself pretty good to a sunny climate in the Southern India. I would wake up late in the day, drink my spicy tea and get to my laptop to do some work for my clients on another continent – I am a 3d designer. And I was not alone here, there were hundreds of similar escapees were simply enjoying their slow, extremely slow, lifestyles.

    At some we started seeing changes – the level of the sea was rising as well as average temperatures, there were far more tropical rains with some crazy looking exotic insects. But we were fine with it. We were “adapting” to those changes. Until the critical point that we all know about. It started becoming almost impossible to live on planet Earth.

    This is when I moved back to Europe and started learning more and more about what we as the humanity can do about all this. I also started learning more about industrial design and architecture. One solution was to start slowly moving to the Moon groups of people, for them not to do research as we’ve been doing it for decades. No, we didn’t have time. So the goal of those expeditions was to start Moon colonization and preparing its surface for the growing numbers of people.

    We’ve already had a lot of data on our hands in terms of how to build habitats in the conditions of lower gravity, how to grow food in lunar soils and more. So this is how I got here in 2078 with a group of fellow construction engineers.

    When you start something from scratch you have high hopes about it. And this is what we thought about Moon colonization. We were planning, calculating, projecting, analyzing and testing multiple times everything. Together with other teams were slowly building a perfect habitat that people could think of: we used a lot of robots to ease people’s lives, but at the same time were also planning for people doing physical and intellectual labor. Our colony was simply planned to be a paradise that was created not by God, but, this time, by us – humans.

    Now I am living in this paradise all by myself. I am the only one on the planet “enjoying” its magnificent environment and looking at the Eart with a bit of a nostalgia.

    Don’t get me wrong – we did succeed not only in colonizing the Moon but also at transporting here the majority of the population. Yes, the majority is the key word. Even during my time on the Earth, the majority was always the one who was in the position of a winner or a ruler.

    At the time when we had regular flights from the Earth to moon transporting people on huge space crafts, I got to know Max. He was the sociologist, and you’d think that this would be not the most crucial profession during the Moon colonization. The colonization management thought the same. Nobody paid any attention to social or psychological challenges, that we were facing or could face. Our main doctrine was that since we are all living on the planet that is a brand new home to humanity, we will stick together and there will be no crime. Why would you commit a crime if you know that getting expelled from the society is fatal? Without all our infrastructure one couldn’t simply survive.

    And this was true in the beginning. You won’t believe me, but people were so much nicer and polite to each other, just because they knew how much they depend on the colony. But, the same as with all the species on Earth that evolved and got adapted to different environments, people started getting adapted to the Moon. Just imagine, our colony became something like Tokyo – a very busy and crowded space, that started growing outwards with the growth of the population. We started having those suburbs, towns, villages. This was the time when the first crime happened. It was a simple act of vandalism that ruined a window in one of the stores in suburbs.

    This was such a big event on the news, but it stayed as an isolated event for a long time. Later came more – burglary and violence. The last one was the act of terror on our nuclear reactor. I survived, not by adapting, but by a chance. I was not at the Moon at that very time, but I was expecting the surface of the nearby star for the potential new construction site of our nuclear plant. That’s the irony of fate.

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