Book excerpt: 'The Relentless Moon' explores the challenges of lunar habitation
When Mary Robinette Kowal imagined a world in which the never ended, she was careful to keep other aspects of space exploration precisely how they unfolded in history — like astronauts' wariness of anything that could get them grounded.
That's where this excerpt from her new book, "' " ( ) begins, with protagonist Nicole Wargin dodging questions about a chin injury incurred while training new astronauts. ( about the new book.)
Wargin is bound for the moon base, where she spends large chunks of each year, but something went wrong with the most recent launch from the space program, and things are more complicated than they seem.
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The flight surgeon wanted me to go home. Can you imagine? Ha. As if one of the boys would do that after a little bump on the chin. I took the time to put on a clean shirt and headed to Clemons's office with all seven of my brand-new stitches. I held a clipboard in one hand because they fool people into thinking that you are serious and busy.
When I walked ...
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