The Brick Moon

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"The Brick Moon"
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Author Edward Everett Hale
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction
Published in The Atlantic Monthly
Publication type magazine
Media type Print (Paperback)
Publication date 1869

"The Brick Moon" is a short story by American writer Edward Everett Hale, published serially in The Atlantic Monthly starting in 1869. It is a work of speculative fiction containing the first known depiction of an artificial satellite.

Synopsis[edit]

"The Brick Moon" is presented as a journal. It describes the construction and launch into orbit of a sphere, 200 feet in diameter, built of bricks. The device is intended as a navigational aid, but is accidentally launched with people aboard.[1] They survive, and so the story also provides the first known fictional description[1] of a space station.

Publication history[edit]

"The Brick Moon" was first released serially in The Atlantic Monthly beginning in 1869, with its final installment appearing in 1870.[2][3] It was collected as the title work in Hale's anthology The Brick Moon and Other Stories in 1899.[4] Hale later wrote a sequel, "Life on the Brick Moon", which was also published in The Atlantic Monthly.[5]

Influence[edit]

In 1877, Asaph Hall discovered the two moons of Mars. He wrote to Hale, comparing the smaller Martian moon, Deimos, to the Brick Moon.[2]

In 1979, the Wagner College Planetarium presented a public show which incorporated an adaptation by planetarium director Thomas William Hamilton of "The Brick Moon".[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mann, Adam (2012-01-25). "Strange Forgotten Space Station Concepts That Never Flew". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b "The Brick Moon and Other Stories by Edward Everett Hale". Project Gutenberg. 
  3. ^ "Contents - The Atlantic monthly. Volume 24, Issue 141". Cornell University Library. 
  4. ^ Smith, Delbert D. Communication Via Satellite: A Vision in Retrospect. Boston, MA: A. W. Sijthoff, 1976: 16. ISBN 90-286-0296-8
  5. ^ Darling, David. The Complete Book of Spaceflight: From Apollo 1 to Zero Gravity. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2003: 177. ISBN 0-471-05649-9