Lunar Base Lost
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LUNAR BASE LOST is set in an underground moon colony that lost contact with Earth after nuclear war broke out over fifty years ago. Lunar Base Three hangs on by maintaining a strict society and limiting its population. Isabela (Izzy) Rodriguez is assistant to Presider Barbara Graham. Barbara’s more relaxed policies, like making physical exercise optional for some colonists, have politically split the moon base. When Matthew Graham and his wife become pregnant, their unborn child exceeds the population capacity. Barbara must be euthanized. Since Matthew opposes his mother’s policies, Barbara suspects the pregnancy is politically motivated and urges Izzy to run for her office. As the baby’s birth looms, Izzy and Matthew campaign for the colony’s votes. When Matthew exposes Izzy’s secret after Barbara dies, the election spirals into violence and jeopardizes the survival of the moon base.
First 250 Words:
Each time the curtain fluttered, Izzy, and those that needed to be here and those that didn’t need to be here but were here anyway, would jump. Once when the nurse came out, a quiet gasp echoed off the round metal walls. But the nurse silently picked up a stethoscope from her supply cart and went back behind that curtain.