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Social Issues in Space







Welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re talking about social issues on the moon. Abby Lockhart sees a problem and as a reporter, she has a way to get this information out to the people on the moon. There’s just one problem with reporting through normal channels. The reporters are given stories to report and they must follow certain guidelines. What’s an intrepid reporter to do in this situation?

Social issues are the hot topic these days. We’re all concerned about whatever affects us the most and aren’t afraid to talk about it on social media. After all, for the residents of the United States, free speech is one of our constitutionally guaranteed rights. So, we get to say what’s on our mine without any thought of repercussion. Right?
Now, imagine a future where the moon has been settled because of overcrowding on Earth. Other planets will soon be settled, since it’s getting a bit overcrowded on the moon. Only, there really aren’t any planets ready for settling yet even though pilgrims are coming through the moon’s deployment centers and allegedly taking off for their new homes.

Of course, the mega-conglomerate in charge of all this has to cover up their hideous scheme to deplete the population and they do so by having fueling center explosions. That’s when our reporter, Abby, comes into the picture and soon finds herself the target for a lot of trouble.

Blurb

Venus—a research habitat in the North Atlantic—learned to communicate with a very special young man long before humans inhabited her decks. Eleven years later, sixteen-year-old Mick Beaumont has long given up on his friend inside the computer. He’s determined to leave what he sees as a loser lifestyle and return to terra firma.

On the day of the scheduled rising, nothing happens as it should. Mick’s at a loss to explain the breakdowns, despite being the prime suspect. Determined to figure out the mystery, he enlists the aid of his girlfriend and best bud, only to have one betray him at a crucial moment.

The fate of the world is in this young man’s hands. Can he stop the eco-terrorists and bring Venus to the surface before planetary annihilation happens?

Excerpt



More than a millennia ago, humans settled on the moon. At first, the people sent to this station were those who had broken minor laws, where minute property damage occurred and there were no injuries. The idea was to allow these people to rehabilitate their lives without the temptation to return to the criminal activities that had gotten them in trouble in the first place.



The Great Experiment, as it was called, eventually became less of a campaign platform promising voters safer neighborhoods. When crime rates continued to rise and those self-same politicians more often than not were convicted of being in cahoots with those running the domes protecting the moon’s new residents, the programs were turned over to private enterprises, who, with the assistance of government grants, prepared the moon for habitation by ordinary citizens who won a lottery to escape the pollution making the planet an inhabitable nightmare. The semi-annual lottery, designed to be the fairest method of selecting new immigrants, was declared illegal by a court decision found by most to be one that leaned heavily in favor of the mega-conglomerate Metro-Vision.




About K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
















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