On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. In honor of the event’s 40th anniversary this month, I’m providing a list of moon-related reading. I have steered away from general astronomy books, and confined myself to books about the earth’s moon. Otherwise, the list would go on forever. In the fiction books, the moon is either the setting or a significant force within the story. Many of the non-fiction titles are self-explanatory. I don’t feel the need to expound.
Enjoy your lunar reading odyssey.
Book List: The Moon
Back to the Moon
Homer H. Hickam
Techno-thriller about the hijacking of a moon-bound space shuttle, written by NASA engineer and author of the memoir Rocket Boys. Published in 2000.
Bouncing Off the Moon
Three young brothers deal with their parents’ divorce by moving to the moon, only to become embroiled in corporate intrigue and conspiracies. 2002.
The First Men in the Moon
Classic Wells, published in 1901. But if you think this is the first published story set on the moon, scroll on down the list.
Have Spacesuit – Will Travel
Classic Heinlein first published in 1958. Space adventure story aimed at younger readers. What boy wouldn’t want to win his own spacesuit and take a trip to the moon?
Inconstant Moon Trilogy:
More corporate intrigue on the moon. These are newer books, all published since 2005.
Alan M. Steele
Factory work is factory work, even on the moon. 1991.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Robert A. Heinlein
Three books in one about revolution brewing in the lunar colonies of the future. 1966.
The Moon Pool
Magic portal activated by moonbeams. Published in 1919.
Peter Nevsky and the True Story of the Russian Moon Landing: a Novel
John Calvin Batchelor
Historical fiction about the space race, written from a cosmonaut’s point of view. 1996
Written in 1925, published in 1998. (As a writer, this makes me all kinds of impatient.) In his quest to be real again, a dog searches the moon and elsewhere for the wizard who turned him into a toy.
Voyages to the Moon and the Sun
Cyrano de Bergerac
Yes, *that* Cyrano de Bergerac, from the 17th century.
Apollo: the Epic Journey to the Moon
David West Reynolds
Apollo: the Race to the Moon
Charles A. Murray
Apollo 11: the NASA Mission Reports, Compiled from the NASA Archives
Published in three volumes 1999-2001.
The moon landing that didn’t happen and how three astronauts survived disaster. 2006
The Big Splat, or, How Our Moon Came to Be
Destination Moon: the Apollo Missions in the Astronauts’ Own Words
Rod Pyle 2007
Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Space Flight
David A. Mindell 2008
Firefly Moon Observer’s Guide
It *is* an astronomy book, but focused solely on our moon. 2004
First Man: the Life of Neil A. Armstrong
James R. Hansen
The First Men on the Moon: the Story of Apollo 11
David M. Harland
Five Billion Vodka Bottles to the Moon: Tales of a Soviet Scientist
Fly Me to the Moon: an Insider’s Guide to the New Science of Space Travel
The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America’s Space Race
Memoir by the commander of the final manned moon mission, recounting his years with NASA. 2000
Memoir by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts. 2009
A Man on the Moon: the Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
The Man Who Ran the Moon: James E. Webb, NASA, and the Secret History of Project Apollo
The politics of aerospace. 2007
Many Moons: the Myth and Magic, Fact and Fantasy of our Nearest Heavenly Body
Men from Earth
From one of the astronauts who went there. 1989
Moonlore: Myths and Folklore from Around the World
Moon Shot: the Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon
Alan B. Shepard
Another astronaut scoops. 1994
Of a Fire on the Moon
The Once and Future Moon
Paul D. Spudis
A geologist explains what we have learned about the moon, and explains why he thinks we should go back to increase our knowledge. 1998
Patrick Moore On the Moon
Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age
Rocket Man: Astronaut Pete Conrad’s Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond
The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York
I haven’t read this book, but I’m thinking with a title like that I’m going to have to. 2008
Welcome to the Moon!: 12 Lunar Expeditions for Small Telescopes
Robert Bruce Kelsey
What if the Moon Didn’t Exist
Neil F. Comin
Now there’s an interesting question. 1995