is our seventh issue. Frontlines is a
formatted monthly Moon Society news report that comes out each month
after the first (of
two) Management Council meetings each month, and/or after the
publication of the month's issue of Moon Miners Manifesto. These reports
archived, so members and visitors can check past reports.
Frontlines reports on Society activities, efforts, and
projects. You pay your dues, and have a right to know what we are doing
to make your membership worthwhile and to address your interests in a
place for humans on the Moon.
We have been making steady progress on a wide variety of fronts. We
want you to hold us accountable
for continuing to do so!
Management Council Actions & Discussions
the October 1st Meeting, we discussed progress on building an improved,
more durable (handling-hardy) version of our Solar Power
Beaming Desk-top Demonstration Unit
for two high profile
We would base the proposed online "kit" on this improved version. This
include diagrams, blueprints. parts list, parts sources, instructions,
permit procedures, etc. The idea of the kit is to allow other
build their own SPB-demo unit. The more units out there at more
conferences and outreach events, the more the public at large would
with the principles of space solar power and solar power beaming.
Attendees were also briefed on the two Orlando area conferences at
which Dave Dunlop
would be exhibiting our unit.
We also discussed ways to attract a greater percentage of women, youth, and minorities
. Some of these ideas are presented in the October issue of MMM #219, page 10. Ben Nault
, our new director from the Tucson Outpost, has since brought up the idea of having a non-geographically-based "Student Section" for student members at large
. We will be looking at this idea closely in the coming weeks and hope to make an announcement soon.
The President's plan for a series of "Town Meetings" on the ASI-MOO met with general approval. See below.
top Awards of Recognition to Moon Society Members For Outstanding Service in the past year
By The President of the Moon Society, September, 17, 2008
the Occasion of the 1st Annual Moon Society Membership Meeting, the
President would like to recognize the following for outstanding service
to the Society in the past year.
Charles F. Radley & James A. Rogers
for their work on our MySpace, Facebook, and Change.org websites.
Charles has been tireless in looking for new opportunities to extend
the Moon Society presence, and has been a "working vice-president" in
the best sense of the word.James, in his mid-20s, brings the vigor and
perspective of youth into our deliberations, and has taken on the lead
in Public Relations.
Charles F. Radley, R. Scott Gammenthaler, and Paul Blase for their work to create our table-top Solar Power Beaming Demo, get it approved, and assembled at ISDC 2008.
Craig D. Porter and Eric H. Bowen
for starting two dynamic new chapters in Phoenix and Houston
respectively. The Phoenix chapter has been exceptionally busy with
various outreach opportunities. The Houston chapter has set up a Forum
for the use of the entire society as well as for individual chapters.
David A. Dunlop
for assisting Chip Proser in setting up interviews to be videotaped for
additional Moon Colony Video productions at both ISDC 2007 and ISDC
2008, for putting together the Moon Track at ISDC 2008, and
volunteering to do the same for ISDC 2009 in Orlando, for starting the
Green Bay Wisconsin Outpost and for resurrecting the Experimental Lunar
Agriculture project he began in the early 1990s, and for continued
promotion of the University of Luna Project, and for efforts to start a
number of academic student chapters. Finally for his efforts in helping
brainstorm a number of new Moon Society initiatives as well as
producing material for MMM.
Ben Nault and Fred L. Hills
for accepting an invitation to run for the Board of Directors. Ben has
started an outpost in Tucson and has suggested a Youth Section that
would be non-geographical for younger members at large. Fred is trying
to do so in the Washington-Baltimore area and helped set up our
arrangement with the NASA Federal Credit Union, Fred has also
submitted articles and short fiction to Moon Miners’ Manifesto, and
personally recruited new members at ISDC 2008.
Dr. Peter J. Schubert for
his outstanding work in putting together a proposal to cosponsor a
Planet Earth & Space Conference that would endeavor to bring
together representatives from the environmental and space movements,
and to start a continuing conversation between these two cultures both
determined to save our planet for posterity. Peter has also proposed
that Solar Power Satellites constructed largely of lunar materials be a
major focus of the Moon Society, serving to unify all our various
I would like to thank all officers and directors of
the past and current terms for their dedication and strong support of
the goals of this Society, for all they have done to transform us into
an energetic and productive "Little Engine That Could."
It is my honor and privilege to have served and to continue to serve with such an outstanding crew.
Framable Certificates will arrive in the mail.
Moon Miners Manifesto
- October 2008, was published October 14 th. This issue contains the 3rd installment of Phil Harris'
Enterprises and Development
which is being run exclusively in Moon Miners' Manifestos.
can download MMM pdf files here
(username password required)
If you have no username and password, or have forgotten it, please contact us
as soon as possible and we'll get you up and running
Annual Events, ISDC, other
In the past month, we have added more material under each Project Team listed on the Project Teams page
Simply follow the links. This material is published to better explain
to members and visitors what each team is doing or intends to do. If
you have an interest in any of these teams, email the contact person or
persons listed for each Project Team. The work of these well-defined
projects with specific goals and targets, will help the Society make
progress towards the establishment of a viable civilian frontier on the
Each Project Team may want and prefer different types of
web space. We are working now to set that up, in order to support
ongoing activities and help bring new team members up to speed.
& Outposts Report
, Wisconsin Outpost recently established by David Dunlop
) has picked up a 3rd member and has now met the conditions for a Student/Campus chapter and renamed CMN
(The College of the Menominee
Nation, Green Bay Campus, a Native American institution!) Three cheers
for Dave !!!
The new chapter begins with two project area activities already ongoing:
The Society's first Student/Campus
Chapter at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, disbanded when
leader Jonathan Goff graduated. Goff was hired by Masten Space Systems,
and has since served a term as a Society board member. The problem of
lack of continuity is a major one and we will be insisting that
grooming the next generation of leaders be "project #1" for
approach is to look at activities already ongoing in each institution,
and contacting the faculty persons in charge of those that would fit
well in the Moon Society's goals.
Thus, as soon as
enough people are identified to create a chapter, it can start with
well-defined projects already underway, funding and all! Three cheers
for our hard-working Director of Project Development.
The Houston Moon Society
planned September 22nd meeting became an early victim of Hurricane Ike.
The chapter's next meeting is set for Monday, December 1st.
The Phoenix Moon Society
has drafted and adopted bylaws
, which can serve as a template for other chapters seeking to do likewise.
consists of one or more members in a local community that serve as (a)
contact(s) for area members and prospective members of the Society, and
which have not yet met the
qualifications to be given a chapter charter. To establish an outpost
and become a local contact person for the society, write the Chapters
Outpost Formation Plug
- take a look at our Chapters
& Outposts map
If you live in an unrepresented area, why not take the plunge?
are ready to give you plenty of help and direction, including names and
addresses of current and former members in your area (xx miles form
your zip code)
There is plenty of material and how-to information on the Space Chapters Hub
website that we share with the chapters of The National Space Society and The Mars Society..
, other events and observances
project courtesy of the Lunar Reclamation Society, publishers of MMM.
We have received 6 so far. If you would like to have MMM go to your
local library, send ch/mo for
$10 (one year) to the publishers,
PO Box 2102
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(include the name and address of the library)
topA Moon Society Fiction Publication?
Looking for volunteers
to put out flyers
at various space conferences and science fiction conventions they may
be attending. Let us know about space conferences and science fiction
cons that you are planning to attend. Write firstname.lastname@example.org
predecessor Artemis Society organization had a hardcopy science-fiction
/ science-fact publication called Artemis Magazine. Magazine
print-publishing is very expensive and requires a considerable
subscription base. Artemis lasted 8 issues, two years.
Editor (Peter Kokh) has wanted to put out a fiction rag for years. It
was considered seriously in 1994 when the code name was "PSSST!" for
Plausible Solar System Settlement Tales.
Now we have a first
edition of "Moonbeams: Plausible Solar System Settlement Tales" that
has been sent to some key people (including, of course, the
contributors) for review including feedback on technical and legal
issues. Pending favorable comments and Leadership approval, a public
unveiling could come soon. Moonbeams (if that remains the title) will
be published only electronically, as a pdf file, that anyone can
download. It would not be reserved to members only.
that there is a real place for something like this. Plausible fiction
(sorry, no magic, no time travel, no faster than light, no
transporters, etc.) can illustrate the possibilities for a lunar
frontier and other solar system frontiers. And that can encourage
members and visitors alike to become active in promoting such futures/
said, the MMM Editor is committed only to the introduction of this
first issue. He hopes that with the layout work and the "tradition" now
begun, someone else, or a team of several, will come forth to carry it
on. How often would Moonbeams be published? As often as we had enough
submissions to make it worthwhile. So publication frequency could be
somewhat irregular at first. The introductory issue included two
stories not previously published and four shorter pieces that have been
printed in MMM through the years.
If you would like to encourage
this development, or possibly get involved as a writer, as an editor or
assistant editor, or as an artist or illustrator, please write us at email@example.com
with "fiction" in the subject line.
, Town Meetings
We meet on the ASI-MOO on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday nights
monthly, 9-11 pm ET,
8-10 pm CT, 7-9 pm MT, 6-8 pm Moon Leaders room
Directions from the Commons: "north", then "moon-leaders"
may choose to audit our meetings and to contribute input to
discussions. Use your Moon Society username and password, or sign in as
a guest. Note: let us know in advance so we can tell the Door Dragon to
let you in!
Next: October 15, November 5, November 19, December 3,
December 17Town Hall
- This is something new, and our next will be
our first. These meetings will be held in the ASI-MOO in the Auditorium
Directions from the Commons: "NorthWest" - The meetings will have no
agenda, though there may be introductory remarks, and the President may
suggest topics needing input at various times during the meeting. We
will try this on the 2nd Wednesday evening (same place, same time slots
as the leaders/management meetings) of each quarter except Fall (when
our annual membership meeting is scheduled: (2008) none
would be the logical Fall date but it follows the annual membership
meeting too closely),
(2009) January 14
April 8, July 8, October 14. This is a tentative
schedule, and we will see what happens at the first such meeting on
January 14th. Note:
Peter Kokh plans on being in the Auditorium on the October 8th time
slot just in case someone does show up.)
Why Wednesday and why that time slot? Well, that's
what the Society leaders are used to. They will not be "expected" to
attend, but of course are most welcome to do so. In these meetings, we
want to hear from members (current and former), from visitors, from
If you have never been on the ASI-MOO, check out this page