Moon Shot: Murder and Mayhem on the Edge of Space edited by J. Alan Hartman

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Mystery and science fiction come together in a brand-new volume of short stories featuring original works from 14 of today's best writers.
Whether it's a murder on the International Space Station or a theft of a valuable piece of equipment from NASA, Moon Shot presents a stellar (and, in some cases, interstellar) lineup of stories that cross genres and are sure to entertain readers who appreciate a blend of suspense, thriller, mystery and scifi.
The stories onboard the space shuttle Moon Shot are written by Suzanne Berube Rorhus, Elizabeth Hosang, Jack Bates, Laird Long, Jeremy K. Tyler, E. Lynn Hooghiemstra, Toby Speed, Wenda Morrone, Suzanne Derham Cifarelli, Andrew MacRae, Jeff Howe, Percy Spurlark Parker, Mary McCarroll White and Lance Zarimba.
In March of 2013, author Suzanne Berube Rorhus sent me a work that she wanted me to consider publishing in Fingerprints, our short story line for mysteries. Upon reading it, I was really blown away by the originality of it. A murder mystery set onboard the International Space Station? I knew immediately that was something I hadn’t read before.
At the same time, I thought it was a very clever crossover between science fiction and mystery. I’m a huge fan of the mystery genre, and certainly crossovers aren’t anything new for other genres such as horror. It isn’t, however, common to see science fiction combined with mystery. This led me to think that there had to be authors out there who were likely writing stories in these genres who might welcome the opportunity to write something that would bend across both.
I put out a call for submissions and was very impressed with the quality and quantity that I received. Clearly my hypothesis was right, and there were people who wanted to write across multiple genres. And, in communicating with readers, there was an obvious desire to see more material like this.
Moon Shot brings together some well-known names from the Untreed Reads ranks: Suzanne Berube Rorhus, Jack Bates, Laird Long, Jeremy K. Tyler, E. Lynn Hooghiemstra, Wenda Morrone, Andrew MacRae, Jeffrey Howe, Percy Spurlark Parker and Lance Zarimba. Climbing aboard the Untreed Reads rocket for the first time are the amazing Elizabeth Hosang, Toby Speed, Suzanne Derham Cifarelli and Mary McCarroll White. All of these folks bring a wealth of talent to this anthology.
First stop on this journey through space and murder is the story that started the whole idea, Suzanne Berube Rorhus’ “A Murder Far from Home.” After that, well, you’ll just have to see where this space trip is going to take you.
J. Alan Hartman
October 2013

  • Published by: Untreed Reads

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