The Tranquility Alternative Author:Allen Steele Tranquillity Base is a permanent moon installation, civilian-manned and devoted to peaceful scientific research. Its dark side is Teal Falcon, a lunar nuclear base implemented during the Truman and Eisenhower years, six missile silos housing rockets poised to attack. Now the Cold War is over. The U.S. space program is a victim of politics, and T... more »ranquillity Base, long deserted, is about to be sold to a foreign industrial conglomerate. Leading the symbolic mission to turn the base over to its new owners and to dismantle the missiles is Commander Gene Parnell, a pioneering astronaut, who installed Tranquillity thirty years before. But the commander soon realizes that someone on the mission has other plans for Teal Falcon. Who is it? Who can Parnell trust? Who should he fear? The veteran astronaut is forced to play a deadly game with the unknown terrorist. The stakes: the future of planet Earth.« less
Good science fiction/alternate history yarn. What would the world and space exploration be like if Wernher von Braun's ideas for space were followed to the letter? Worth reading - good fun, enjoyable characters, and a neat look at what might have been "if".