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August 21, 2007

Imperial Moon

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Francis Drake, Henry Hudson, James Cook and, of course, Robert Scott; that is how we used to make them. Greg3 presents "steampunk in 1/6th" with a Victorian space explorer and a tale of the first Moon landing (hat tip to Gregorgoth). Now not only counter-factual but sadly, entirely fictional.

In 1899, Britain added the Moon to it's Empire. The mission was the result of decades of work by the Empire's greatest engineers, scientists and mathematicians and culminated with Captain William Harland (Royal Navy) planting the British flag on the lunar surface. Over the following week, he explored the area around his landing site - collecting samples of rock and dust (to study back in his spacecraft) and making observations of the nearby highlands. ... Unfortunately, there was no plan for getting him back to Earth, and after transmitting his final findings back to Earth by wireless, he was never heard of again...

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 21, 2007 07:47 AM

Comments

Captain Wm. Harland, RN, bears a rather remarkable likeness to Colonel Steve Austin, USAF.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 21, 2007 05:10 PM

Clearly an instance of Michael Moorcock's Champion Eternal.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 21, 2007 08:37 PM