Wow, that was a long time ago. For most of these #BookADayUK prompts, I’ve had to jog my memory by going upstairs and perusing the bookshelves to see if anything came to mind. This one goes back far enough that whatever book it was that really got me hooked on reading, it’s no doubt passed out of my possession.
To my surprise, though, it only took a little while to bring back to mind The Man Who Sold the Moon. After that, though, my memory failed me. I can’t recall any details about the title novella in this collection or any of the other stories. I just remember that I was a big science fiction fan as a kid (and remain one today), but exclusively of the movies and TV variety. Then my mom handed me this book, I think. Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov were the first science fiction writers I read. I started with their short stories, then moved on to Asimov’s Foundation series and assorted Heinlein novels, which grew increasingly, well, bizarre the further I read. But the short stories stoked my imagination, and got me thinking “what if”:
D.D. Harriman is a billionaire with a dream: the dream of Space for All Mankind. The method? Anything that works. Maybe, in fact, Harriman goes too far. But he will give us the stars…. (from Goodreads)