This was a fun work of fiction from Tom Merritt, popular web personality and current host of Tech News Today on the TWiT network. Those who recognize the name will remember Tom from his work at Cnet and as a long time host of the Buzz Out Loud podcast. With United Moon Colonies, Tom crafted a fun future fiction narrative where the earth has just concluded a “Worlds War” in which the entire population of the planet has squared off against all forms of radicalized religious fundamentalists united under one regime. The story takes place very shortly after the fall of the radical superpower and begins with the United Moon Colonies, a nation unto itself, taking a larger role in global politics.
The premise of the book is interesting and continues to evolve as the story progresses. The story grows to encompass a variety of politically motivated twists and characters take on greater depth and find new motivation. Those familiar with Merritt’s podcast work will likely be familiar with his intricate level of political and historical knowledge. That proficiency shines in his writing as this book explores the dynamics of the world politics in a time of crisis.
Merritt published back in 2008 under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license, a Creative Commons effort those familiar with his work will know him to advocate. The book was made available for free download as a PDF but could be ordered as a print on demand book via Lulu as of 2008. In August of 2011 the book began distribution in just about every possible digital format: Kindle, iBook, audiobook, Nook, ePub, Mobi… you name it! Checkout this site for download links and additional information.
I’ve been interested in self-publishing technology for many years. And over the last several years in particular, ebook publishing has made great strides. Now, anyone with a great idea and the wherewithal to put pen to paper can publish their work and bring it before the world. And, for better or worse, the great idea is not even required. This was not the case with United Moon Colonies. It was a lot of fun to read and a book I would recommend to anyone interested in the genre.
In addition to the links above, Tom Merritt can be found on Twitter via @acedtect. He also co-hosts the Sword & Laser podcast on Geek & Sundry. There Merritt and Veronica Belmont conduct interviews with authors of great books both past and present.