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Can You Name This Story? (Part 31)

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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10 Comments on Can You Name This Story? (Part 31)

  1. Bruce Gray // August 29, 2013 at 7:42 am //

    Hey! How do I post a “Can You Name This Story?” request?


  2. Sounds very similar to the setup for Hogan’s Giants series but the time is wrong (late 70s) and I don’t think his first novel was serialized.

    • Rob Blake // August 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm //

      It wasn’t Hogan’s series – I read that one. THis missing story wasn’t serialized wither. It was complete in this one issue – probably published around May or June of ’67 or ’68. It seems like the title was something like “The Man from the Moon” or something very similar.

  3. Chris Dodson // August 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm //

    Is it Otis Adelbert Kline’s “The Man from the Moon”? According to ISFDB, it was originally published in 1930 but was reprinted in the Fall 1967 issue of SCIENCE FICTION CLASSICS. The story’s online at Gutenberg:

  4. While I can’t give you a title it sounds like something by Keith Laumer

  5. I believe I remember the story, but am not sure of the title. If it is the one I am thinking of, a human skeleton in an ancient space suit is found. They analyze the suit and the skeleton and discover the suit is more advanced then those in current use. The notebook found with the skeleton tells of the dead man’s adventures with his best friend. Humans are servants of a more advanced race on the planet that was reduced to the asteroid belt, but they make it to the moon which is captured by the Earth. He gets stuck on the moon and, eventually, runs out of air, but he knows the others have made it to Earth and hopes his friend is OK. At the end of the story, an archaeologist finds a metal ID bracelet with the friend’s name on it, but throws it away as it is obviously contamination and not from the proper time period.

    OK, not a title, but I did read the story I describe about 1970.

    • That in particular (down to the cover painting, Darrell K. Sweet) was Inherit the Stars, James P. Hogan (but not the one being sought for).

      Love that painting. I bought that book because of the painting.

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