Rogue Moon is a short science fiction novel by Algis Budrys, published in 1960. It was a Hugo Award nominee for the year 1961, but lost to Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz. A novella-length version of the story was included in the anthology The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, volume IIB, edited by Ben Bova. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Algis Budrys (born January 9, 1931) is an American science fiction author. ... The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Walter M. Miller, Jr. ... A Canticle for Leibowitz A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Walter M. Miller, Jr. ... Benjamin William Bova (born November 8, 1932) is an American science fiction author and editor. ...
Rogue Moon is largely about the discovery of an alien artifact on the surface of the Earth's Moon. The purpose of the artifact is not discovered by the novel's action. Instead, the novel concentrates on the exploration of the artifact by a series of men who are all eventually killed by it in various ways. Their deaths slowly reveal the funhouse-like course humans must take in transiting through the artifact. Earth is the third planet in the Solar system. ... Bulk composition of the moons mantle and crust estimated, weight percent Oxygen 42. ...
Matter transmission from the surface of the Earth is used so that one man may die over and over again, learning his way through the artifact. There is considerable conflict between this character and the novel's hero, the scientist Edward Hawks. Rogue Moon packs a considerable amount of material into its short length.
The third theory suggested that the moon formed as an independent planetary body that was later "captured" by the Earth during a close pass.
The idea that the moon was the result of a particular large impact event was considered too arbitrary, and did not fit in well with the existing view of a quiescent planet formation process.
Were it not for the moon, the influence of the giant planets in our system would cause Earth's obliquity -- the angle between the Earth's equator and the plane of its orbit, whose current value is 23.5 degrees -- to vary wildly with values as extreme as 0 to 80 degrees.
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