February 26, 2009
Many scientists and engineers who worked on the Apollo project in the 1960s reported being inspired by science fiction stories that they read as teenagers. This wonderful cover for a 1928 paperback (found a year or so ago on Ebay - don't know who the buyer or seller were!) is the kind of space art (and text) that enchanted me some decades later. The cover offers the enticement of a person (in a Spiderman-tight space suit) amidst the craters and crags of the Moon. The back cover is a simple, but relatively accurate, map of the Moon with actual lunar names correctly placed. Are young people stimulated by today's science fiction - or have our science accomplishments eliminated such imaginative dreaming?
This LPOD originally appeared Jan 21, 2005
The Moon in Science Fiction
Yesterday's LPOD: It's Only a Paper Crater
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