In this homage to Shakespeare's
Romeo & Juliet, 17-year old Grey
Waters meets people for the first
time when a Russian spacecraft
braves the orbital war zone to
reopen the moon. Grey discovers
he likes the crew members,
especially Catarina, the attractive
female communications officer,
but he soon finds himself caught
between his new friends and the
computers who rule Tranquility.
The resulting conflict will have
This book garnered a fine tribute by the late John Kay, who compared it with Andre
Norton's Introduction to gate of Ivrel by C.J. Cherryh. To paraphrase, Norton wrote:
"The author has drawn an entirely believable hero on an alien world, working in bits of
customs, beliefs, and history so cleverly that it now certainly exists - somewhere. For such
a creation does not remain only in the mind, it begins to take on life and breath, to stand
The Tranquility Lunar Colony,
founded in 2025, lies south of 'the
mineral rich' crater Vitruvius.
Tranquility became the moon's only
city, housing 6000 engineers, miners,
scientists and tourists. In 2040, it
hosted the Lunar Olympics, an event
that passed into legend. In the years
that followed, tensions between rival
alliances began restricting world trade
and ultimately led to the moon's
evacuation in July 2049, on the eve of
the Embargo Wars. All subsequent
missions to reopen the moon failed
until the New Ranger Expedition,
launched on the 100th anniversary of
the first Apollo landing.
"What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the moon, and Juliet is the sun."