July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. To celebrate the anniversary, Neil Clarke has assembled a wonderful collection of stories written after Apollo 11. The first was written in 1976 by John Varley, and they continue in chronological order to end with a story by Rich Larson written in 2018, twenty-four in all. Stories by Kim Stanley Robinson, John Kessel, Gregory Benford, Ian McDonald, Nancy Kress, just to name a few of the authors. My favorite story, Tyche and the Ants by Hannu Rajaniemi, is about a little girl living alone on the Moon. That is, she is alone if you don’t count Chang’e and the Jade Rabbit, and the Magician. There were many different views of what life of the moon would be like, some grim, some humorous, and not one of them has come to pass. Oh well, we can get our kicks by imagining what might have been.
eGalley review Publication date 7.16.19