Out of the Moon by Homer Eon Flint

Out of the Moon by Homer Eon Flint
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (109 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

A lonely traveler to the moon discovers he isn’t alone.

All he wants is to explore the desolate, empty moon while putting his failed romance behind him, but as lonely day after lonely day stretches out, he realizes he has company. The moon isn’t dead after all. Life and intelligence lingers as does the stark knowledge that all mankind is in danger.

Some people will go to any lengths to get out of marriage, but faking a death and then becoming exiled alone on the moon does seem to take things to unbelievable lengths. Yet, that is just what Philip Foster does. First, his company manages to move the moon closer to Earth and then change its rotation so that the moon is always full. Then, the company has to cut the moon into a semi-sphere so that it will remain in orbit by itself. Once this has been accomplished, Philip stays behind alone on the moon, with all but a handful of people thinking that he had been blown up in an accident. This book, originally published as a three part series in Argosy All Star Weekly from Dec. 15, 1923 through Jan. 5, 1924, is Foster’s journal written during his exile. As Homer Eon Flint’s granddaughter, Vella Munn, says in her forward, “Foster is both lonely and self-contained, a scientist who believes his contribution to Earth will be his documentation of what he finds on a dead planet.”

Flint’s story is just as fun now as it was, I’m sure, when it was first published. I enjoyed reading about Foster’s discoveries, and about how he planned for his permanent exile. His partner, Jack Bates, transmits messages from earth in code to Foster, so that there is some communication. Foster has to figure out how to transmit as well as receive, but over time the two are able to keep up on the events both on Earth and on the moon.

I think the strongest part of this story is the way Foster learns about himself through journaling his experiences. Foster creates his own moon car so that he can explore further from his home, and as he searches craters and crevices, he is astonished to discover that there are evidences of life on a supposedly dead moon. He is not alone after all.

This story offers hope for humankind, that civilization can become more humane and less selfish. The details in the journal get a bit sluggish in spots, but overall, Foster’s story is exciting and suspenseful. Since this novel was written, we have actually been to the moon, but I found nothing in this novel that has been proven false by those moon landings. Maybe, just maybe, the Selenites really do exist.

I’m sure that anyone who enjoys science fiction will enjoy Out of the Moon.

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