Moon Landing Day

On July 20th, 1969…by C.J. Cherryh

I watched the moon landing from my home in Oklahoma City. I was teaching school as well as writing. I had gotten myself a house, lived solo, so I didn’t have any hindrances to watching. I had followed the whole process day by day, and got all the television coverage I could. In that day and age I didn’t have a video recorder. If you weren’t watching, you missed it. And I was glued to the set, all by myself, just me and the cats.

I was most relieved when that engine fired and got them off the surface. There’d been some concern about dust—even wondering if the astronauts might run into really dangerously deep dust.

I did go out and look at the sky while they were on the moon. It was different that night. Somebody was definitely looking back at us, we were looking up at them, and half the world still didn’t know it.

C.J. Cherryh is an American science fiction and fantasy author, perhaps best known for her Foreigner and Alliance-Union series. Her novels Downbelow Station and Cyteen both won the Hugo Award.


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