LEHMAN: Lunacy


Welcome to a special edition of “the Scuttlebutt”

My normal Blog “the Scuttlebutt” is published by a different outfit, but I was kindly invited to submit a post to the folks from Tuscany Bay Books because I have a story in Luna… So, pull up a chair, the bar is behind you, grab something, and let’s talk.

An online friend of mine reached out to me about a year and a half ago, or maybe it was two and a half, I would have to look it up, and frankly, I’m too lazy to do so right now.

Declan said that he was asked to be the editor for one of the planetary anthologies, specifically the one on the moon, and would like me to submit something.  Now since the series I’ve been writing is Urban (or more accurately Rural) Fantasy, I expect that he figured I would do a John Fisher story.

Well, I hate to be predictable, and at the time I had recently seen some things about NASA’s thoughts on going back to the moon as a jumping-off point for the rest of the system… So, I decided to do a straight-up Sci-Fi story instead.



One of the writers I most admire is Robert Heinlein, and one of the many reasons I admire him is his ability to let you run with your assumptions, and then challenge them.  So, I wanted to do this, in the story.  How effective I was is left to the reader to determine.

I thought when I was writing it, that I was writing a stand-alone… However, upon completion, I realized that I had instead written the background story for a space opera series I had been thinking about for most of a decade.  I’m currently working on the first one of that series, and no, I have no idea when it’s going to be done, or published… My 9-5 job has taken a massive chunk of my life lately, and with the world events, by the time I get home, I’m afraid I’m too wiped to write.

Anyway, I had never written a short story at the time I put this one out, and I warned Declan that while I would give it a shot, I wasn’t sure how it would work… I’m used to having 100,000 words to cover a story, not 2,000-10,000.  Well, I sat down to write Vulcan III while we were away to Ocean Shores for a long weekend and finished it over two days.  Everything just jelled.  Shorts are still not my first love, but they no longer hold the trepidation that I originally had for them, and I’ll probably do more if invited.  When I wrote it, I also had no idea that we would be seeing anything like the current societal isolation thing we’re currently seeing.  I don’t think this changes the story at all, but it does further underline the need for social contact discussed in the story.

Hope you enjoy it, stay safe, stay sane.

Yours in service.


William’s “The Scuttlebutt” blog posts can be found here: The Scuttlebutt. At 17 he joined the US Navy as a Submarine Sonar Technician, serving in that capacity on various Fast Attack and Ballistic missile subs for the next 20 years, with a couple of shore duty breaks. he retired as the Work Programs Director for the Naval Regional Brig at Bangor Submarine Base, and spent some overlapping time as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Bremerton WA, a job he continued until the ankles gave out, and running was no longer an option. On weekends, he dresses up in 70 pounds of armor to bash people with sticks, as a member of a Medieval Recreation group. You can find more of William’s works on his Amazon Author page.

You can get your copy of Tuscany Bay Books’ Planetary Anthology Series: Luna right here: Luna and check out the rest of the 11-book series here: Planetary Anthology Series.

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