Nobody knows the destructive power of a comet better than lunar geologist Lucy Grappelli. Now her colleague is missing and she’s injured, trapped inside their crashed and dying exploration vehicle. With the commander’s unheeded words of caution still ringing in her ears, arrogance may yet prove to be her downfall.
The base team are working flat out, but she already knows they don’t have the equipment to retrieve her at this distance. Orbiting debris from the strike has ruled out a rescue mission from Earth. Unless she can find a way to stretch her dwindling oxygen supply, and get herself the 1000 km back to the base without external help, her mission will end right here.
There it is again, a movement in the shadows of the boulder field outside. Is it the slight concussion she suffered in the landslide, or is the fog of pain and loss playing tricks on her mind? She’s dodged the raw power of the universe twice already, but Lucy fears her luck may be about to run out. Horror crawls across her skin, and nausea grips her by the throat. She is convinced that something is moving among those rocks; a grey something that shouldn’t be out there in the vacuum on the lunar surface.
And it’s creeping ever closer.
About the Author
Born in Wallasey, Merseyside in November 1960, Ian has been married to Simone since 1982. They have one son, Stuart, who arrived as a bit of a surprise in 1993. They have lived near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast since 1985. Ian has enjoyed a lifelong passion for aviation, especially airliners. A keen plane spotter, he fulfilled his childhood ambition by joining the UK Civil Aviation Authority in July 1980 as an Air Traffic Control Assistant. He was involved in training, line management, and was a Flight Planning specialist. Prior to early retirement in 2014, his day (and night) job was as a Flight Information Service Officer, one of a close-knit team providing the on-demand ‘London Information’ service to aircraft flying outside the UK airways system. He also trained as a Critical Incident Stress Management Defuser. After a 30 year on / off research project about the life and times of his remarkable Grandmother Hilda James, Ian finally began writing in earnest during late 2011. The resulting book, Lost Olympics, was the long-awaited family history. Along the way he learned that Hilda was even more of a character than the determined old lady he had known as a child. He unearthed some dark and sometimes controversial family secrets that needed to be aired as part of the narrative. Since early 2015 Ian has been one of the English Administrators at 10 Minute Novelists, an increasingly respected and busy US-based international Facebook community for writers at all levels of experience and aspirations. Ian has always been an avid science fiction reader, preferring the so-called ‘hard sci-fi’ genre of books based in possible science, over those dealing in pure fantasy. to Visit Earth is based on an original idea which had been kicking around in his head for twenty years.