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B-12's Moon Glow by Charles A. Stearns is a thought-provoking and captivating science fiction novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the vastness of outer space. Set in the not-so-distant future, the story unfolds in a world where space exploration has become a reality. Stearns masterfully blends elements of adventure, mystery, and futuristic technology, weaving a tale that will keep readers engaged from beginning to end.

The protagonist of the story, Captain John Blake, is a seasoned astronaut with a passion for discovery and an insatiable curiosity about the universe. When he is chosen to lead an elite team aboard the spaceship B-12 on a mission to explore a distant moon, he embarks on an expedition that will test his skills, intelligence, and resilience in unimaginable ways.

The characterization in this novel is truly exceptional. Stearns skillfully develops each character, providing them with unique personalities, motivations, and flaws. Captain Blake, in particular, shines as a relatable and compelling hero, driven by a deep sense of exploration, but also haunted by past failures and losses. The supporting cast is equally well-crafted, offering a diverse and interesting group of individuals who bring their own strengths and weaknesses to the mission.

One of the standout aspects of B-12's Moon Glow is Stearns' rich and vivid descriptive writing. From the breathtaking expanse of space to the eerie and mysterious landscapes of the moon, the author immerses readers into the world he has created, allowing them to visualize the settings and feel the palpable tension and suspense. Stearns's attention to scientific details also adds authenticity to the story, making the futuristic technology and space exploration seem entirely plausible.

The plot is intricately woven, full of unexpected twists and turns that keep readers guessing. The pacing is well-balanced, allowing for moments of reflection and introspection, as well as heart-pounding action sequences. Stearns expertly builds suspense, steadily increasing the stakes as the crew of the B-12 faces one challenge after another. There is a sense of urgency and danger throughout the story, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

Additionally, B-12's Moon Glow tackles thought-provoking themes such as the ethics of space exploration, the consequences of human ambition, and the delicate balance between scientific progress and environmental preservation. Stearns encourages readers to question the moral implications of exploring distant worlds and the responsibility that comes with such endeavors.

While B-12's Moon Glow is an incredibly engaging and well-crafted novel, it is worth noting that some readers may find the scientific jargon and technical details overwhelming at times. However, these moments do not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story and actually add to its authenticity.

In conclusion, B-12's Moon Glow is a thrilling and intellectually stimulating read that will appeal to fans of both science fiction and adventure genres. Charles A. Stearns demonstrates his storytelling prowess with a well-crafted narrative, compelling characters, and a thought-provoking exploration of scientific and moral dilemmas. This book is a must-read for anyone who dreams of voyaging into the unknown and contemplating the wonders of the universe.

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This etext was produced from Planet Stories January 1954. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.





Among the metal persons of Phobos, robot B 12 held a special niche. He might not have been stronger, larger, faster than some ... but he could be devious ... and more important, he was that junkyard planetoid's only moonshiner.

I am B 12, a metal person. If you read Day and the other progressive journals you will know that in some quarters of the galaxy there is considerable prejudice directed against us. It is ever so with minority races, and I do not complain. I merely make this statement so that you will understand about the alarm clock.

An alarm clock is a simple mechanism used by the Builders to shock themselves into consciousness after the periodic comas to which they are subject. It is obsolescent, but still used in such out of the way places as Phobos.

My own contact with one of these devices came about in the following manner:

I had come into Argon City under cover of darkness, which is the only sensible thing to do, in my profession, and I was stealing through the back alleyways as silently as my rusty joints would allow... Continue reading book >>

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