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The Rocket to the Moon

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The Rocket to the Moon

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Author: Thea von Harbou
Publisher: Gregg Press, 1977
Original English publication, 1930
Original German publication, 1928
Series: Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 95

3. Station X
4. We
5. The Shape of Things to Come
6. Tales and Stories
7. The Science Fiction of Jack London
9. War with the Newts
10. The Stars My Destination
12. The Moon Hoax
13. Three Hundred Years Hence
14. The Horror on the Asteroid and Other Tales of Planetary Horror
16. The Crystal Button or, Adventures of Paul Prognosis in the Forty-Ninth Century
17. The Doomsman
18. The Land of the Changing Sun
19. To The End Of Time
20. A Voyage to the Moon
21. The Dragon Masters
22. Venus Plus X
23. The Big Time
25. Babel-17
26. Dark Universe
27. Rite of Passage
29. The Battle of the Monsters and Other Stories
30. The Science Fiction of Frank R. Stockton
31. Isle of the Dead
32. Hothouse / The Long Afternoon of Earth
33. Ten Thousand Light-Years From Home
34. Solar Lottery
35. Man Abroad
36. The Steel Crocodile
37. The Inheritors
38. Star
39. The Jewels of Aptor
40. 334
41. Pharoah's Broker
42. The Body Snatchers
44. Iter Lunaire
45. Modern Science Fiction
47. Armageddon
48. The Dream Master
49. Conjure Wife
50. Dhalgren
51. The Cosmic Rape and To Marry Medusa
52. Dr. Bloodmoney
53. Driftglass
54. The Devil Is Dead
55. Empire Star
56. The Female Man
57. Nova
58. The Iron Dream
59. The Genocides
60. Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
61. Counter-Clock World
62. The Game-Players of Titan
63. Ubik
65. The Shrinking Man
67. Eye in the Sky
68. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
89. The Butterfly Kid
90. Synthajoy
91. To Open the Sky
92. The Ballad of Beta-2
93. The Fall of the Towers
94. Triton
95. The Rocket to the Moon
125. Secret of the Lost Race
126. Starswarm
129. We Who Are About To…
131. The Green Odyssey
133. Sunburst
135. The Byworlder
136. The Horn of Time
140. Double Star
141. I Will Fear No Evil
143. Today We Choose Faces
144. The Dreaming Jewels
148. The Man Who Fell to Earth
173. Who?
175. The Worlds of Fritz Leiber
177. Make Room! Make Room!
178. The Sword of Rhiannon
180. The Man in the High Castle
181. The World Jones Made
182. Time Out of Joint
183. Vulcan's Hammer
185. Glory Road
186. The Door Into Summer
187. The Puppet Masters
188. Waldo and Magic, Inc.
189. Bridge of Ashes
190. Damnation Alley
191. Lord of Light
192. The Year of the Quiet Sun
208. Daybreak - 2250 A.D.
210. The Worlds of Frank Herbert
211. Gather, Darkness!
212. Night's Black Agents
213. The Book of Fritz Leiber
214. The Second Book of Fritz Leiber
215. The Green Millennium
216. The Sinful Ones
217. The Wanderer
219. The Mile-Long Spaceship
220. Dare
223. The Saliva Tree and Other Strange Growths
224. The Green Brain
225. The Diploids and Other Flights of Fancy
226. Riverworld and Other Stories
227. Beyond This Horizon
247. Nathaniel
248. Macroscope

Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Mundane SF
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Synopsis

Helius is an entrepreneur with an interest in space travel. He seeks out Professor Mannfeldt, a visionary who has written a treatise on the likelihood of finding gold on the moon, only to be ridiculed by his peers. Helius recognizes the value of Mannfeldt's work, but a gang of evil businessmen, intent on controling the world's gold reserves, have also taken an interest in Mannfeldt's theories.

Meanwhile, Helius's assistant Windegger has announced his engagement to Helius's other assistant, Friede. This is disconcerting to Helius, who secretly loves Friede, so he avoids their engagement party. He is mugged on the way home from his meeting with Mannfeldt by henchmen of the evil businessmen, commanded by an American, Walter Turner. They steal the research that Professor Mannfeldt had entrusted to him and also burgle Helius's home, taking other valuable material. They then present him with an ultimatum: they know he is planning a voyage to the moon; either he includes them in the project, or they will sabotage it and destroy his rocket. Reluctantly, Helius agrees to their terms.

The rocket team is assembled: Helius, Mannfeldt, Windegger, Friede and Turner, who represents the interests of the evil businessmen. After the rocket blasts off, they discover that Gustav, a young boy who has befriended Helius, is aboard as a stowaway with his collection of science fiction pulp magazines. During the journey, Windegger emerges as a coward, and the feelings of Helius toward Friede become known to her, creating a romantic triangle.

Once they get to the far side of the Moon, Mannfeldt and Turner prove Mannfeldt's theory that there is gold on the moon. They struggle in a cave, and Mannfeldt falls to his death in a crevasse. Turner attempts to hijack the rocket, and in the struggle, he is shot and killed. Gunfire damages the oxygen tanks, and they come to the grim realization that there is not enough oxygen for all to make the return trip. One person must remain on the moon, in it's breathable atmosphere on the far side.

Helius and Windegger draw straws to see who must stay and Windegger loses. Seeing Windegger's anguish, Helius decides to drug Windegger and Friede with a last drink together and take Windegger's place, letting Windegger return to Earth with Friede. Friede senses that something is in the wine. She pretends to drink and then retires to the compartment where her cot is located, closes and locks the door. Windegger drinks the wine, becoming sedated. Helius makes Gustav his confidant and the new pilot for the ship. Helius counts down the time for the ship's liftoff from a distance away. He watches it depart. He realizes that he is alone on the moon. As he lowers his head and resignedly starts to move towards the survival camp originally prepared for Windegger, Helius discovers that Friede has decided to stay with him on the moon. He throws his arms wide as Friede runs to him. They embrace.

Also published as The Girl in the Moon.


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