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06 December 2008

Contest! And a short story published!

My short story “Coyote and the Gamblers” is in the anthology Return to Luna (Hadley Rille Books), which was released December 5. All stories in the anthology illustrate the same theme: What will life be like for the first moon colonists?

In my story, Pueblo Indians who had left Earth in tears 50 years earlier to build a moon colony for another tribe now want to stay on the moon and have to figure out how to do so.

Return to Luna will be available online at a discount at Hadley Rille Books and at full price at

CONTEST: One person will be drawn at random to win the book from those who comment on this post. To enter, post a comment that includes one essential you would take to the moon. The ten entries I enjoy the most will be entered twice. The contest ends by December 13 (a week from today) at 11:59 pm Pacific time.


Angie said...

That's great, congrats!

Humm. If I were going to the moon, I'd take a set of those spring-shoes. [grin] You know, the ones that used to be in the Sears toy catalog around this time every year? 'Cause seriously, how awesome would they be to use On The Moon?! :D


Lana Gramlich said...

I doubt I know enough to know what I'd actually bring, but for contest's sake I'll say some magnets & copper coils, 'cuz I'm SERIOUSLY addicted to electricity at this point.

Lana Gramlich said...

A thousand apologies--how rude of me! Congratulations on the publication! :)

Shauna Roberts said...

ANGIE, that sounds like lots of fun!

LANA, thanks. I don't know enough about electricity to know--what would you do with that equipment?

Barbara Martin said...

Congratulations on the publication! And what an interesting premise. I'll have to check that book out.

Charles Gramlich said...

That's very cool. Congratulations. That's a nice publication.

If I were going to the moon I'd take some kind of electronic book reader with as many downloads of old novels as I could stuff it full of.

Lisa said...

Congratulations! I look forward to reading your story. One thing -- that's tough, but I think it would have to be music. I'd bring an iPod loaded up with as much music as it would hold.

Travis Erwin said...

First off congrats. Second, what to take? The writer in me wants to say pen and paper, but then I get to thinking. I'll need something to eat or I won't have strength to write. Si I could say a mating pair of bovines to breed me up a lifetime of burgers. but then I'd have to worry about feeding them since rangeland is bound to be scarce on the moon.

So I'll settle for a deck of cards. That way I can start poker games with my other lunar dwellers and maybe I can win other's essential items and become a dandy moon gambler with a styling mustache like those slick fellers who used to work the mighty Mississippi.

Shauna Roberts said...

BARBARA, thanks!

CHARLES, I don't see much point in going anywhere without some books along for company.

I wouldn't want to be on the moon with music, either, LISA.

TRAVIS, that's real smart thinking.

Rick said...

Hello Shauna! Heartfelt congratulations on your short story. I'll be sure to buy a copy, and I so very much look forward to reading it.

Therese said...


I love the life-on-the-moon story topic. Coincidentally, the first short story I ever wrote was one that was modeled on one of Heinlein's moon colony stories.

If I were going to stay on the moon for a while, I'd need a good supply of popcorn.

Rae Ann Parker said...

Shauna, congratulations on the publication of your short story. Your fiction writing resume is growing.

Unknown said...

I love the story Shauna!

The one thing that I would take with me to the moon would be my infra-red sauna so I'd never get cold! :)

Farrah Rochon said...

Yay,Shauna!!! I'm so excited that others will get to read the story!
The onle thing I'd take to the moon would be my favorite book, Paradise by Judith McNaught.

Shauna Roberts said...

RICK, thanks for your support!

THERESE, I never knew you had dabbled in sf. I wonder whether the lower gravity on the moon would affect the popping of popcorn?

Thanks, RAE ANN!

LAURIE, with that infrared sauna you would surely be the most popular person on the moon.

FARRAH, I've never read Paradise. Maybe you'll let me borrow it if we're on the moon together.

Angie said...

Huh. I wouldn't think the gravity would have much of an effect, but the much lower (like close to zero) pressure probably would. I think. [squint/cogitate]


Carleen Brice said...

Congratulations! Your story sounds cool!

Shauna Roberts said...

CONTEST WINNER. Congratulations, FARRAH ROCHON! You won a copy of Return to Luna in last week's contest.

ANGIE, you may be right. I did a Google search, but could not find an answer.

CARLEEN, thanks!

Angie said...

Obviously the next set of astronauts to go to the moon will have to try making popcorn. :D


Steve Malley said...

That story sounds interesting!

Shauna Roberts said...

ANGIE, we need to send NASA a letter about the importance of such a study.

STEVE, thanks.