Here’s another Name That Story challenge for our readers, sent in by another reader looking for the title of a story read long ago.

Do any of you out there know the title to this story?

Back in the late 60’s I fell sick during a 10-day trip from TX to the Adirondacks of NY. The pause occurred in Berwyn PA, and the day I spent ill, everyone else got to go visit historic Valley Forge. Because I did not get to go, the family friends we were visiting in Berwyn brought me back a sci-fi ‘magazine’ of short stories – sort of like Astounding or Asimov’s or World’s of If… things like that. Anyway, there was one story in there that I fell in love with (and wish I could find again.)

Basically, the narrator was from one planet in our solar system that got into a fight with another planet. The battle they fought was basically reduced to ‘throwing rocks’ at each other – cratering the two planets surfaces. The winning planet (the good guys) escaped destruction when they shifted their planet’s orbit such that they ended up orbiting Earth and becoming our Moon when they were captured by earth’s gravitational pull. (The huge meteor craters on Earth were the result of enemy ‘misses’.) The losing planet was eventually pulverized – becoming the Asteroid Belt. If I remember correctly, the narrator escapes from their planet (now our Moon) my making his way to Earth.

– Rob B.

Can you name this story?

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