In 1969, I was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Far East; but I stopped and watched in wonder — as did the rest of the world — when Neil Armstrong put the first footprints on the Moon. I have always been fascinated by the concept and technology of space travel. I remember thinking at the time that we had finally made it. We would soon be exploring the solar system and beyond. I believed there would be cities on the Moon and people would soon be living on Mars. I was 24 years old at the time and could only imagine the wonderful progress that would be made in the decades to come.
Of course, none of that happened. Just three years later in 1972, Apollo 17 made the last landing on the Moon, and no one has ever gone back. Society turned away from space and got lost in the problems of Earth. When it became obvious that we had lost the dream, I started writing. The Lunar Free State series tells the story of a group of people who didn’t lose that dream, who kept it alive into the 21st century and made it come true.