Hot Moon

Caezik SF & Fantasy. (Apollo Rising, Bk. 1). Jul. 2022. 476p. ISBN 9781647100506. $29.99. SF
Set in an alternate timeline where Soviet cosmonauts beat the U.S. to the moon, this novel by Sidewise Award winner Smale (Tales from Alternate Earths Volume III) picks up at the end of the 1970s with Vivian Carter, the commander of Apollo 32, taking fire in what will become the opening shots in a war for the moon. Smale writes about NASA procedures, space history, lunar geology, and orbital mechanics with stunning detail and familiarity, while sending the reader on a fast-paced, well-plotted adventure aboard claustrophobic lunar modules, inside fragile habitats, and across inhospitable landscapes. Commander Carter becomes a tough-as-nails protagonist who’s impossible not to root for as she navigates political intrigue, space combat, and the realistic, moment-by-moment requirements of surviving in a vacuum. The storytelling is extremely well done, the ideas are thoroughly researched, and both combine in a satisfying work of fiction.
VERDICT For astronaut wonks and fans of realistic science fiction, Smale’s latest will delight and enthrall.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing