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Space Madness – Chapter 6

Posted in erbooker by erbooker on 02/17/2015

Space Madness

Former astronaut Nancy Line returns from exile after a public nervous breakdown to assist NASA in faking a moon landing.

Chapter Six – Old Devil Moon

Nancy Line, Josef Morrow and Arrendise Marche are gathered around hacker Nia’s laptop as she furiously clacks away.

“As you can see, the CGI launch looks authentic. If we say we’re launching the shuttle from the desert where nobody’s around, the public will be none the wiser.”

Josef thoughtfully strokes his chin, “Well, that is a better plan than what I’d come up with.”

Arrendise sneers, “And what was the plan before our little hacker friend came along?”

“We were just going to launch an empty old shuttle that we were going to scuttle anyway and just let it drift away up there.”

Nancy nods, “Yeah, the computer program’s better. Why don’t we just CGI the whole thing? Why do we even need to be here?”

Nia shakes her head, “People don’t come across as realistic as objects. It gets into that whole ‘uncanny valley’ thing.”

Arrendise turns up his nose at Nancy, “I will make the moon look realer than any computer can.”

Nancy glances around the cavernous movie stage, “Has anyone seen Tony?”


Outside and across the street, LAPD Detectives Ricky Faulk and Harry Schette are parked and staking out what they believe is a large-scale heroin manufacturing operation.

Harry points at astronaut Tony Graziano arguing with a haggard balding older man outside the movie studio stage. “Isn’t that the Times reporter?”

Ricky nods, “Gil Finnigan. Wonder what he’s doing outside a heroin factory.”

“Maybe he’s tryin’ to score some smack. Point the parabolic microphone at them, I wanna hear what they’re saying.”

“Harry, where in the hell do you think we would get a parabolic microphone?”

“Sharper Image? Hell should I know.” Det. Schette squints, “I’ll just read their lips then. ‘I…love…apples.'”

“I don’t think that’s what they’re saying.”

“Fine, then you do the detectiving for a while, Mr. I Know Everything!”

Harry pouts out the passenger-side window as his partner sighs.


LA Times reporter Gil Finnigan is grabbing Tony Graziano by the lapels.

Tony leans back, “What was that about apples, Gil?”

“Aw jeez, Tone. Ya gotta gimme something here. I’m dyin’. Throw me a bone. The bloggers are puttin’ me outta business!”

Tony pushes Gil off him, “You’ll hear soon enough. I’ll get you a front row seat at the press conference.”

“Ya can’t give ‘ol Gil a hint or nothin’?”

Tony smirks, “Let’s just say you’ll be ‘over the moon’ when you hear the news.”

Gil whips out his notepad, “You’re goin’ to the moon! Can I quote you on that?”

“Ah, shit.”


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  1. Disney said, on 05/14/2017 at 4:01 am

    I’m imesesrpd. You’ve really raised the bar with that.


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