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*** Our Latest Project -- A Novel --

~~ We are well advanced on a novel for young people facing our climate crisis, Born to Storms. Its plot can be described in one sentence (called a logline):

  • Set in the 2020s, a young woman, supported by an Artificial Intelligence, driven from her home by storms and rising seas embarks on a life affirming struggle to find and support so many people in action on our climate crisis.

  • A longer description can be found in our contest entry for it: Born to Storms Tensor Flow Contest Entry.

    *** Our Short Story book is Out!

    ~~ Narrative Thinking and storytelling for Problems Solving in Science Education Luisa dall' Acqua and Tom Riley (IGI Global 2019)

    Free Stories

    Here are four stories very like the stories in our new book that you can down load for free right now.

    1. "Curse the Salt"

      Here is a complete story about a number of AIs and some dedicated people trying to address the problems of people displaced by rising sea levels. It is from the Iron Seas Series.

      Sometimes a problem is so big you can only tackle it with a team.

      This story also has a supporting YouTube: "Human/Machine Symbiosis: Rising Seas and People"

    2. "Ice Song"

      Here is a complete but very short story about an AI in a dangerous place trying to help its friends. It is from the Herd Series.

      Sometimes you have to take a few chances to help your friends.

    3. "The Lunar Viper"

      Here is a complete story about the first person born on the Moon. It is set in the lunar settlement series built by the MOVE team in our space series. It is from the Big Moon Dig Series.

      In Space, you must grow up fast, or not grow up at all.

    4. "The Dark of the Moon"

      Here is the complete short story about why we must explore space. It is from the Big Moon Dig Series.

      Sometimes you do meet demons in the depths of space; but sometimes that's not such a bad thing, especially if they are your own.

    Digger 03 on Virtual Moon


    YouTube Videos

    The Big Moon Dig is publishing a series of YouTube videos to support our new book. You can find these at:

    1. Buy-In

      The human brain structure that let us build Apollo to the Moon.

    2. Why Space

      Even in the face of global warming, we need to have a grass roots space program.

    3. Lunar Settlement, Location, Location, Location

      Where is the best place for a settlement on the Moon and why are the Chinese so interested?


    Major Publications!

      The Big Moon Dig has achieved two significant publication. These are chapters in technical books from a major publisher.

    1. Tom Riley, Chapter 12: Extended Managerial Implications: People and Space in the Twenty-First Century (pages 254-282), Luisa dall'Acqua and Dickson Lukose,Improving Business Performance Through Effective Managerial Training Initiatives (IGI, 2018)
    2. Tom Riley, Chapter 3: The Coming Human/Machine Symbiosis, Effects on Society, and Business Planning, from Forecasting and Managing Risk in the Health and Safety Sectors, IGI Global.


    Upcoming Book

    We Completed a draft of our new book, again with IGI Global. It is a technical book featuring ten of our short stories supporting detailed technical information and materials instructions for their use in education. The book will be called: Narrative Thinking and Storytelling for Problem Solving in Science Education and will be out in the winter of 2018; watch for it.

    The four stories above are not in our book but are very like the ones that are; consider them a bonus.


    Hard Square Science Fiction, Vol. 01 on Sale

    In the first year of our project we produced an e-book of five science fiction short stories about space exploration in the near future. You can purchase Vol. 01 for only $2.99 either from: in the Kindle edition., or from Smashwords in any of eight common electronic formats.


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