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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I have been a huge fan of stories that take place on the moon since I picked up a book called The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, back in middle school. I have been looking for great stories that take place on the moon since then and today I read one. Moon Beam by Steven Burgauer is great moon-based science fiction. In its own way it is as gripping, but since the tension and excitement is work related instead of political, Steven Burgauer probably won’t be getting a Hugo like Heinlein. Moon Beam is a great story and the writing is a good match for the genre. This is the kind of near future science fiction that needs to be written if we are going to inspire our kids to once again look to the final frontier.
Moon Beam is the kind of book and story that could help us find that drive to explore once again. It shows life on the moon in no-nonsense realistic terms, and yet, this life on the frontier looks appealing, if a little dangerous. The characters in Moon Beam are not super hero types. They are scientists doing jobs that only scientists can do. The plot is excellent. Human beings have always been the greatest danger to human beings. I love Chief Clay Flynn and his senior tech, Lou Santini. They are two no-nonsense engineer types that solve problems with their heads, but are also capable of being physical when needed. But it is the setting that most impressed me about Moon Beam. Steven Burgauer writes this exciting, near future science fiction story very well. I am very glad I read it.