LEFT: “Sins of the Father,” written under Fraser author Tuesday Androsian’s pen name, Mary E. Twomey, will be sent to the moon as part of the Writers on the Moon project. RIGHT: Madeline Freeman, of Harrison Township, chose “Speechless” for the Writers on the Moon project because the futuristic telling of “The Little Mermaid” also contains an element of the planet Mars in its plot.

LEFT: “Sins of the Father,” written under Fraser author Tuesday Androsian’s pen name, Mary E. Twomey, will be sent to the moon as part of the Writers on the Moon project. RIGHT: Madeline Freeman, of Harrison Township, chose “Speechless” for the Writers on the Moon project because the futuristic telling of “The Little Mermaid” also contains an element of the planet Mars in its plot.

Local writers’ work being sent to moon

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published July 28, 2021

 Madeline Freeman

Madeline Freeman

 Tuesday Androsian

Tuesday Androsian

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MACOMB COUNTY — One small step for man, maybe, but it’s a giant leap for some local authors.

Two local women are part of a group of 125 writers who are sending their work to the moon, courtesy of DHL and Astrobotic.

Tuesday Androsian, of Fraser, and Madeline Freeman, of Harrison Township, are two authors who will have their digital books flown to the moon aboard the Peregrine Lander, a commercial lunar lander that is planned to be launched by Astrobotic in December.

In partnership with DHL, Astrobotic offered opportunities for the public to send small mementos integrated into a DHL MoonBox on a lunar lander that will then be left on the surface of the moon.

Author Susan Kaye Quinn, of Chicago, who has a Ph.D. in environmental engineering and a background in aerospace, said that when her husband got his dream job at Astrobotic in Pittsburgh, he told her that there would be commercial payloads on the lander.

She was able to get a spot right before Astrobotic closed the options to buy.

“I slid in at the last moment and snagged one to go on mission 1 (of the) first commercial lander to the moon. It’s kind of historic,” Quinn said. “It took me about two minutes to figure out, I can put all my books out ... there.”

Being a part of a vibrant author community, Quinn said she knew a lot of people who would be interested in participating in the project to send books to the moon.

“Sure enough ... there was tremendous interest, and I’ve had to turn people away. It was really about, how much time did I have to coordinate all of this,” she said.

The writers have a 3/4 inch-wide capsule in which they are inserting two SD cards containing digital copies of the books and a small paper manifest.

Androsian, who writes under three pen names, has been writing full-time since 2012. As an independently published author, Androsian said she has met some really interesting people along the way, including Quinn. When Quinn offered the opportunity for 125 writers to have their work flown to the moon aboard the new commercial lunar lander, Androsian took it.

“We are being flown to Lacus Mortis,” Androsian said. “It’s going to stay on the moon to be discovered by future moon archaeologists. They can see, even though 2020 was really rough for the world, some good things did come out of it.

“It’s sort of our writer’s hope mission to the world, our love letter.”

Androsian said she’s always been a writer, but, “It didn’t dawn on me that it could be a profession,” she said. “In science classes, I’d have my notebook open and a journal underneath where I was writing fantasy stories.”

She worked as a proofreader in the art department of C&G Newspapers before taking a chance on herself as a writer in the independent publishing industry. She now has 67 published novels, all available on Amazon.com as e-books and paperbacks, with more than 30 as audiobooks. Several of her books have even been translated into Swedish, Italian and French.

Freeman, of Harrison Township, had her first book published in 2011. Since then, she’s had 23 works published independently. A former teacher at Arts Academy in the Woods in Fraser, Freeman said she loves writing for teenagers and young adult literature, so writing young adult urban fantasy seemed like a good fit.

She’s actually sending all of her books to the lunar capsule but said the main work she wanted to include is “Speechless,” a futuristic retelling of “The Little Mermaid.”

“There’s an element of Mars in it, so I thought that would be a fun one to send to space,” she said.

Freeman said she would go to space “in a heartbeat” if she got the opportunity, so when she found out her books could travel to the moon, she jumped on it.

“The idea that my works could stretch across the void of time is an amazing thought,” she said.

“The biggest thing that ties everything together is hope. All my books, no matter what they are about and how fantastical the elements, it all comes down to hope and pulling together, because we’re stronger together than we are apart, and that’s the message I want to be able to send into the future.”

Androsian’s book, “Sins of the Father,” published in May 2020, is the novel to be sent to the moon.

“You have certain milestones as a writer,” she said, such as making the USA Today Bestseller list, which she did as part of a boxed set in 2018 with her book, “Beauty’s Cursed Sleep.” “I didn’t know what my next goal would be, and then this opportunity came. I didn’t know it was my goal, but it sure is now.

“To go to the moon is like, I don’t know where to go from there.”

Freeman said she hopes the time capsule will provide hope for those who discover it in the future.

“I think it’s really nice to connect with a potential future and let them know that, you’re not alone in whatever struggles you’re going through. People have gone through them before and we’ll get through it,” she said.

Quinn gave the authors the opportunity to send a copy of one or all of their books, and any other information they wanted to share with future readers.

“I encouraged people to look at it as a time capsule. What would you want to know about authors who lived 100 years ago? You wouldn’t want just their books,” she said.

She said she was surprised by some of the writers’ stories. One author’s father passed away as she was sending in her book, so she asked Quinn if a tribute to him could be included on the SD card.

“I was like, of course we are going to do that,” Quinn said. “There are a lot of little things like that.”

She said she hopes to be able to publish those stories on the website in the future.

“As those stories unfold, this is about bringing some joy to people in a dark time, and it’s about art and the future, and it’s about hope, so let’s embrace that,” Quinn said.

Quinn said she’s not concerned about future scientists being able to access the books on potentially antiquated technology. She’s more concerned with the impact of radiation on the SD cards, which is why she sent two identical cards for redundancy. She also included a “moon chip” with the name of the website, which she said will act as a backup. She plans to provide for the website in perpetuity in her will. Additionally, she said, she is including a small paper book with a brief description of the project and what is on the SD card. Since paper can last for thousands of years in a vacuum, she hopes it will give those who discover the card in the future a reason to want to extract the data from the cards.

“Our best protection is actually that we’re inside a lander,” she said, explaining that it will absorb some of the radiation.

The launch is now planned for December, as United Launch Alliance — the company that owns the rocket — is using new engines from Blue Origin, which are still being developed. Quinn said she’s excited that the writers’ works will be launched to the moon with a “brand new engine on a brand new rocket on a brand new lander for the first time.”

“This might not go, so we need to be prepared for that,” Quinn said. “I have backups for everything.”

For more information, visit writersonthemoon.com.

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