© The Daily Express
Vol. 4 - Lunar 10
President: Sydney Jordan
Editor and Designer: William Rudling
TIME OUT OF MIND
THE DAY THE MOON
THE STRANGE SHIP
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HEIR APPARENT !
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...THE DEAR, DEAD DAYS...
In bringing this collection together, your Editor has covered those stories in which the potential for danger and mystery that the Moon presents could be exploited and developed alongside the depiction of the inexorable technological advances which would put a man on Earth's nearest neighbour.
For those who subscribe to the idea that there is a purpose to all things, the lure of the Moon and its close proximity would inevitably draw mankind into space whenever the necessary technical skills were achieved.
I imagine if, at the end of World War 2, the nearest body to us had been Mars. How long would fit have taken Man to organise that colossal leap?
To find a relatively easy stepping stone into the Solar System seems fortuitous beyond measure. All the basic problems were solved in a few short years and the idea of our young civilisation leaving the cradle and putting forth into the abyss lost much of its terror.
After the Moon, the flight to Mars is now so feasible that NASA is finally preparing the programme.
Did God lay out these stepping stones so that we fledglings might more easily fly the nest?
The Editor would like to thank Ian Pillinger and Duncan Lunan for using extra sharp blue pencils in proof-reading the 192 pages, also the extra dimension provided by Duncan Lunan for Hawke's Notes.
The patience and help of Gaby Martin at the Peter Knight Agency, in supplying excellent images. The generosity of NASA, the University of Manchester and Jodrell Bank Observatory in allowing the pubblication of so many wonderful images.
Above all, a big thank You to Sydney Jordan for takink us on another fantastic journey.