Moon Luck is a story of 30 astronauts living on the moon for a certain period. It centers on them as they deal with missions such as finding mineral ores, growing plants, and carrying out research and experiments – normal things for scientists to do. Their lives on the moon are as mundane as they can be. That is until a murder takes place. Now they’re thrown into a state of disorder. The once peaceful moon is stained with death, and they need to find the perpetrator before another life gets taken.

Harral’s sci-fi and mystery book may seem like your usual mystery-thriller novel – someone gets killed, and your task is to read through the book to find out who did it – but writer Wayne Scott Harral adds a unique twist to this typical plot.

With the story taking place on the moon, the seemingly common issue reaches new heights. This unique setting limits the characters’ means of attaining an answer. Aside from its intriguing plot, the story’s underlying theme also tackles the possibility of living on the moon, which makes one wonder:

Can Harral’s Sci-Fi and Mystery Book Happen in Real Life?

Earth’s resources are finite due to it being a closed system. Resources like clean water, breathable air, and land area are limited. The continuous growth of the population and the constant consumption of resources might lead to Earth running out of space. With this, the possibility of finding another planet to inhabit can be considered.

While studies point to Mars as the closest option we can get to an Earth-like planet when it comes to certain factors; the moon is deemed a better and more effective option. For one, it’s said to have a shield that can protect lifeforms from radiation; its location, being nearer to earth, offers a more efficient means in transferring resources from Earth, and lastly, previous studies say that it was once habitable.

Results from several space missions and analyses of rock samples indicate that the moon is not as dry as previously thought. These results also state that the moon’s interior contains more water and that its mantle can even be comparable to Earth’s. From these, scientists have concluded that the moon’s surface was once sufficient enough to support lifeforms in specific periods in the past.

Moon Luck author Wayne Scott Harral once wrote that by 2039 the idea of settling on the moon wouldn’t be as unfamiliar, and the normality of life on Earth would slowly be transferred to the moon. While this is merely stated out of mere assumption, considering the advancements of modern technology, there might be a chance of this coming true.

Today, scientists have created a hypothetical process that can make living on the moon possible. Terraforming is the procedure of modifying the temperature, atmosphere, and topography of another planet or the moon, making it similar to the Earth’s environment.

In fact, a mock lunar biosphere that was once created in China could grow food and make oxygen for 200 days straight. Putting into perspective the endless possibilities and advancements in technology, there stands a chance that scientists and inventors alike can create a way to make the moon once again habitable.

The possibilities are endless.

With the continuous advancements of technology, the possibility of settling on the moon doesn’t sound so farfetched. While we continue to consume Earth’s resources, scientists and researchers may also look at other alternatives.

While it’s nowhere near possible to happen now, I believe one of the reasons why people enjoy consuming this genre is because they’re also interested in the idea. The thought of settling on another planet doesn’t sound as outlandish and is probably already considered exciting by most. This is why there’s such an influx of movies and books revolving around the topic of space or specifically moon inhabitation.