You may have heard that the Planetary anthology series has changed publishers and is now coming out from Tuscany Bay Books (TBB).
Today, TBB launches Planetary: Luna. I am particularly proud of this book because I was the co-editor before it moved to its new home. (I bowed out because I wasn't needed.) This book includes excellent stories from many great authors. It also includes two works that might be of particular interest to readers here:
"Merry by Gaslight" — a background story of one of the students at Roanoke Academy
"Mask of Dhuran Zur" — one of the first stories John ever finished. I remember being creeped out by it in the 1980s. So nice for it to finally see the light of day, or, at least, the moon.
These are the tales of the orb that lights our night sky and drives the tides of our oceans. The bright companion that orbits our planet, invades our dreams and drives us mad.
"The Curse and the Covenant by Ann Margaret Lewis" – Tal, in the land of Ur, is son to a Lord. When a demon offers his father a gift to make him and his people like gods, Tal knows it’s a bad idea.
"The Doom that Came to Necropolis", by Steve Johnson – Necropolis is a small town, complete with small town values and small town myths. Unbeknownst to them, their doom is about to arrive, riding a motorcycle, and armed with the weapons of science.
"How to Train your Werewolf", by Margot St. Aubin – Jason Branch recently escaped from a home for the insane. His only goal now is to rest and be left alone in the woods. But when strangers decide that the same stretch of land would be perfect for their needs, they will soon discover Jason's true madness.
"Luna Sea", by Jody Lynn Nye – the moon can be a harsh mistress … or can she?
"Regolith", by Penelope Laird – How far would you go to prevent your favorite band from being kidnapped and held for ransom on the Moon?
"Crazy like an Elf", by Declan Finn – When astronomer Barbara Davis hired a private security firm, she didn’t expect a man who claimed to be from Middle Earth.
"Samaritan", by Karl Gallagher – Thomas' people settled on the Moon to avoid contamination from biotech and nanotech gadgets. But when a high-tech spacer crashes Thomas must risk exile from his home to save the stranger's life.
"Moonboy", by Karina L. Fabian – Cory Taylor is the first boy born on the moon and may just be the first to die on it. But his first attempt to leave the moon may move up that date to closer than even he expects.
"Fly Me To the Moon", by Mark Wandrey – Annmarie Smith dreamed of going to space, and she finally succeeds in creating a company to mine water on the moon. Everything looks great, until alien first contact makes it all much, much more complicated.
"The Hyland Resolution", by Justin Tarquin – Charles Hyland is caught in the crossfire of an interplanetary war, their only hope is that Charles can extricate himself from the labyrinth of his own mind.
"Another Fine Day in the Corps", by L.A. Behm II – Some days you get the bear. Some days, the bear is packing mortar rounds.
"The Mask of Dhuran Zur", by John C. Wright – Some manuscripts you just shouldn’t read.
"Elwood", by Bokerah Brumley – Mysterious things happen to Emma Kelly when she meets the lunatic gypsy at the end of the lane and the gypsy's invisible púca.
"Much Madness is Divinest Sense", by Lori Janeski– A madman doesn't usually believe that he's insane. But the ones who are truly dangerous are the ones who not only believe it, but embrace it.
"The Night my Father Shot the Werewolf", by Josh Griffing – The boys in Mrs. Carroll's third-grade class learned a lot last year, about things like cursive, and multiplying, and werewolves.
"The Black Dogs of Luna", by Paul Go – The crew of the Sirocco find a nightmare of the ages on the Moon.
"Despot Hold ’em", by Caroline Furlong – You have to know when to hold them, know when to fold them. But most importantly of all, know when to run.
"Polar Shift", by Richard Paolinelli – After the pole's shift, Sam Peck may just be the last living human being in the entire universe.
"The Price of Sanity", by A.M. Freeman – Never make deals with the unknown. Especially when it's paying for your freedom with your soul.
"Vulcan III", by William Lehman – Unfortunately for the crew of "Scorpion" the Vulcan III, the moon is the harshest engineering environment we've ever built in, especially when something goes wrong.
"Merry By Gaslight", by L. Jagi Lamplighter – What if that million-dollar mansion you hardly dare to long for were so much less than you deserved.
"Squeeze on the Moon", by Lou Antonelli – An expert in disaster recovery gets the opportunity of a lifetime – plus a little walk down memory lane