Made on the Moon
By Steven Paul Leiva
“I had wanted to go to the moon from the time I was an infant,” So declares Stanley Lewis to three mysterious interviewers known only as R and S and T as they sit in a bare, grey room in a grey facility in a grey, desolate landscape and pull out of Stanley the story of his life. It is a story that ranges from his birth in 1949 to somewhat past his 100th birthday, and which “travels” to landscapes real and imagined; encompassing the American space program, science fiction, brand spanking new Southern California suburbs, cartoons, small town America, poetry, a little yellow bubble-domed space taxi, benevolent visitors from outer space, violence in America, super-hero comic books, pop culture, and football. During the telling Stanley is at times docile, at times uncooperative and pugnacious, at times disingenuous, at times completely honest, and always, always in control.
Is Stanley Lewis the ultimate “lunatic” or the ultimate Everyman?
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MADE ON THE MOON
“Leiva has crafted a satire – perhaps a self-satire – with a very warm heart. If you’ve ever dreamed of flying in space or walking on the Moon, you’ll get the point of this story and you’ll love every page.” — Russell Blackford, author of Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination.
“In a wry and oddly affecting voice that alternates between the parodistic and the plangent, this taut short novel by Mr. Leiva is about Stanley, a disaffected mid-century sci-fi loving American Nerd who would rather be a space taxi cab driver than an accountant (or a gym teacher or a mortgage broker or a podiatrist). Stanley’s dream, to live on the moon, is very much an American dream, redolent of long-vanished American yearnings: the Westerning impulse: grab your hat and Bowie knife and disappear over them ‘thar hills. It’s not an unfamiliar hunger, or loneliness, that is being examined under Mr. Leiva’s microscope here, but in addition to cocking a good snoot at some of the more preposterous aspects of myth-making generally, our author also manages to encase his ruminations in an amusingly Monty Pythonesque carapace: bureaucrats with a mysterious purpose are put to the task of discovering whether Stanley’s particular obsessions just might serve their own dark ends . . .
This brisk and touching comic novel has mysterious and profound things to say about the price of freedom, and it is not without relevance to the way new, and disturbingly pernicious, myths about freedom are being propagated every day in Trump’s America. Highly recommended!” — John Billingsley, “Dr. Phlox” on Star Trek Enterprise and voracious reader.
“Leiva brings his delightful wit and facility with language to a tale that feels personal and honest. It unravels in the most unexpected ways, and, as is so often the case in his work, I found both my curiosity and my funny bone tickled. A great read. — Jeff Cannata, host of the We Have Concerns and /Filmcast podcasts.