Torn’s Science, Technology, & Science Fiction 17–23 April 2023

Short science fiction by Torn MacAlester


Fabulae Lunae:

1. Thunder Moon Tussle

Avail­able now at Thun­der Moon Tus­sle (kin­dle edition)

Nils Carmike, a fall­en from grace astro­naut turned smug­gler, forges a new life on the lunar fron­tier. Harassed by the strik­ing­ly beau­ti­ful and demand­ing Deputy Miller, he is faced with fines and con­flict, result­ing in a tumul­tuous rela­tion­ship and ulti­ma­tum he can’t refuse. Run­ning for their life they strug­gle against their pasts, hop­ing to out­smart the com­mon face­less ene­my and forced to focus on the only rule that mat­ters: survive!


2. Mask of the Joyful Moon

Com­ing soon.

Gen (Deputy Miller) and Nils Carmike set off on a new adven­ture the after­math of their trip to the Lunar north. She strug­gles with mem­o­ries from the dif­fi­cult com­pro­mis­es  that lead her to the Moon and a clue that con­nects their sur­vival to the ancient past.  The face­less ene­my that has left two dead already casts a dead­ly shad­ow across Moon leav­ing them strug­gling to uncov­er the truth in time to save the lives around them.


This week’s discord chat

  • Week of Apr 23 2023 [23rd at 1 PM EDT (6 PM GMT), 26th at 9 PM EDT (27th 2 AM GMT)] 
    • Extra­so­lar Planets

Currently Reading



The Space Envi­ron­ment: Impli­ca­tions for Space­craft Design — Revised and Expand­ed Edi­tion by Alan C. Tribble

Lunar Source­book: a Users Guide to the Moon edit­ed by Grant H. Heiken, David T. Van­i­man, and Bevan M. French


Thunder Moon Tussle: A Near Future Science Fiction Novel by Torn MacAlester

Recently Read

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

Destination—Death by Wilber S. Peacock

The New Fron­tiers Series, Book One: The Ship by Jack L. Knapp


Thunder Moon Tussle by Torn MacAlester available on

Thunder Moon Tussle Trailer

A new novel by Torn MacAlester

The long awaited sequel to Thunder Moon Tussle:

Mask of the Joyful Moon

Coming Soon

This Week’s Short Fiction by Torn MacAlester

This week, I offer the vignette Clash of Titans

Fermi Paradox

Recent stud­ies have implied that our uni­verse is devoid of Type II and Type III civ­i­liza­tions. In this video, Anton presents at the sci­ence that lim­its the exis­tence of these civilizations.


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