My next short story will be in one of the timelines of a multiverse created a long time ago by Robert A. Heinlein. It is a multiverse in which every single world created by every single author in the history of time really exists in it's own universe and timeline. This is the world that Heinlein "created" when he wrote his Future History series.
I speak of a world where the oz of Frank L. Baum
is real - like in The Number of the Beast, or a world
where modern weapons won't work - but where magic will
work, and golems can be defeated by making them swallow
themselves - like in Glory Road. The story I plan on
writing will be a short that will include an appearance
of one of Robert Heinlein's seminal characters, Lazarus
This story will be geared towards a younger
audience so will be mild in language and violent
content, but will portray the wonders of space in such a
way that hopefully will be able to influence children to
begin or to continue their journey in reading science
fiction. It is the genre I indeed find myself turning
to more often than not. The freedom of expression that
it allows as a writer cannot be surpassed by the others,
and the canvas that is available is far more brilliant
and strife with potential conflict than any other.
Mankind is a copycat. Humans like to continue doing
things that pioneers in all areas of science have blazed
trails in. Yet, today we see our space program
threatened by massive budget cuts, and we see our
country's interest in space travel and space related
technology waning greatly.
This story is a simple one that begins like many other
stories of it's kind. It begins with three boys in
their youth that love to build model rockets, and dream
of going to the moon...