I have just had a great deal of fun expanding upon my short story, Yes Houston There Is A Santa Claus, to create a novella-length story. And lucky for you, dear reader, this will soon be available free on my website. Stay tuned for that.
The story is my attempt to pry apart some imaginary thinking space inside the very well documented voyage of Apollo 8 at Christmas in 1968 when three astronauts became the first men to enter into orbit around the Moon. They were also the first to experience having their world disappear completely as their spacecraft passed over to the lunar far side, which is forever invisible to Earth. As the history of ufology and the more modern UFO disclosure movement is a subject of great fascination to me, I have sought to ponder what might have been if astronauts Bill Anders, Jim Lovell and Frank Borman saw something unexplainable hiding on the other side of the Moon after the world vanished from view.
Building fiction around real-life people – three of humanity’s great heroes no less – felt like a great responsibility, but it was also a unique opportunity to utilise some characters who are already, if you will, very well drawn!
I’m rather pleased with the result. Writing it proved far easier and less emotionally traumatic than building my author website, but don’t get me started on that one. When I started as a journalist in Brisbane in 1984, the profession had only recently left the age of the electric typewriter. I remember my first computer having a hard drive with 20MB of memory. Sometimes I find the digital age a bit overwhelming. But I’m getting better at talking myself back from that ledge.
Anyway, please take a look at Yes Houston and I hope you enjoy it.