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“Inconstant Moon”, by Larry Niven

I promise that I’ll wander back to free fiction next time.

“Inconstant Moon” is a story that’s stuck with my wife and me for years after reading it.  A man and his girlfriend notice that the moon is brighter than usual.  Much brighter than usual.  So bright that they figure out that there must be something wrong with the sun…. They spend the rest of the night coping with that.

The story is lovely, and follows very human emotions, as they figure out what’s happened and how to deal with it.  The story is also. . . very very out of date.  The woman, for example, skips putting on her girdle to go out.  They talk about cigarette ads in magazines.  The Johnny Carson Show.

Available in All The Myriad Ways, a collection which is old enough to be available in libraries or used book stories pretty trivially.  The collection has many other excellent stories, including both “The Theory and Practice of Time Travel” and “The Theory and Practice of Time Travel”.

  1. February 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    …. Really? Does it also, by any chance, have “The Theory and Practice of Time Travel”?

    • Steve Feldon
      February 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Yes. Yes, it does. Also, “The Theory and Practice of Teleportation”.

      Sarcastic monounit, you. 🙂

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