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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Six Weeks In The Moon

Three loonies, Dick, Ned and Professor Benton, are completely unprepared for their trip to the Moon. They arrive just as a powerful earthquake destroys the capitol, are attacked by an alligator-octopus creature, hunt wild game on the Lunar plains, and almost get eaten by a sea monster. And that's just the first day! Will the Moon king powerful Prince Moda prove to be their greatest friend or bitterest enemy? The volume also contains the original novel reprinted for the first time since 1896.

Six Weeks In The Moon (Dime Novel SF)
By Joseph Lovece and Noname (Louis Senarens)
ISBN #978-1500321710283 Pages
Price $10.23
283 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

From the Dime Novels, Professor Elias Benton and his two pupils, Dick Rodman and Ned Davis conceive theories how to reach the moon from Earth. Dick builds the vehicle in his machine shop, and then invents the Poleograph, a machine that excites the positive pole of one electromagnetic on Earth to that of the moon. They merely have to get the ship to the void of space, press a button, and they shoot to the moon like a bolt of lightning.

Once on the moon, we discover the satellite has a type of fauna and flora, and even giant ape-like humans. The animals appear to be similar to those of Earth, including things like dinosaurs and reptiles. The ocean – and water – is red. The three adventurers encounter many dangers, including an earthquake, a wall of water rolling over the moon city, and even danger from the moon people’s religion.

The book contains the original text from the 1896 story by Noname, plus a rewritten version – modernizing the text - by Dime Novel expert, Joseph Lovece. It is basically a boy’s adventure novel, like so many of the dime novel series, and difficult to read today. The science, as you can imagine, is over a hundred years behind us. But for those who have never read a Dime Novel, I highly recommend Six Weeks In The Moon to see what science fiction was like for boys during that period.

Tom Johnson
Echoes Magazine

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