In the late 1960s, NASA proposed hardware and mission parameters for an extended Apollo program that never materialized. Decades later, the existence of ice beds at the lunar south pole was discovered by NASA’s space probe Clementine and confirmed by the lunar satellite Lunar Prospector. Now, author and Apollo missions historian Shane Johnson explores the fantastic possibilities of what might have transpired, had the more ambitious version of the Apollo program gone forward as originally planned.
It is February, 1975. Apollo 19, the last of the manned lunar missions, has successfully landed. Exhilarated and confident, Commander Gary Lucas and Lunar Module pilot Charlie Shepherd set out to explore a vast, mysterious depression at the lunar south pole.
There, in the icy darkness–where temperatures reach 334 degrees below zero–the astronauts search for the fragments of crystalline bedrock the scientists back home had hoped for. But when tragedy strikes, the men are driven deeper into the lethal realm, where they find much more than they bargained for, including a strange machine that seemingly transports Lucas back to a pre-flood Earth, and startling evidence that could transform mankind’s perspective on all creation and its Creator– if only the men could miraculously make their way back home to earth to reveal it.
Be prepared for a lovely surprise!
By Christian Bookshelf "Christian Bookworm Reviews" - January 15, 2003
If you love Science Fiction, you are going tolove this book. Better still, it's Christian Science Fiction. That combination is very hard to find but author Shane Johnson does a wonderful job. As a space flight historian and consultant to the HBO miniseries FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, Johnson writes a very credible fictional version of NASA's last flight of the Apollo Moon Mission. Sometimes the NASA technical jargon is tedious but the glossary is very helpful.I have to admit that I had a bit of a problem with another of Johnson's SFs, THE LAST GUARDIAN. His portrayal of the symbolic "Christ" (savior) character made me somewhat uneasy. This being the case, I was concerned that ICE was going to follow suit with an equally odd twist when, in the story, an amazing discovery was made at the moon's south pole. The more I read, the more concerned I became about how he was going to resolve the tale yet it was very exciting and kept me racing to the next page. He kept me just a little off... read more
Literalist biblical evangelism
By Velobob - March 17, 2006
I found it difficult to give a numerical score to this novel. As hard science fiction I found the Apollo-related story outstanding. Woven throughout the story, however, was a Christian theological plot that to me became stronger and increasingly heavy-handed until the end of the novel. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it is not for me. Towards the end I almost felt as though a televangelist was standing in my house pushing upon me a literalist view of the bible that I do not subscribe to. If you do not mind a sermon incorporated into every part of your life, and you like good science fiction, you will enjoy this book. Otherwise, you may find it difficult to suspend your disbelief, particularly in the last chapters.
I am not saying that this is a bad book but it is not for everyone.
By Robert H. Blackman "padre01" - January 27, 2005
I just finished a new-to-me Christian SF novel, ICE by Shane Johnson (Waterbrook Press 2002). Johnson is a great writer, spinning a tale that makes you want to keep reading until the end, then he surprises you with an ending that's both satisfactory and theologically provocative. Even unbelievers will appreciate the inferences. ICE is an alternative history of NASA in the mid 1970s that postulates a 1975 Apollo 19 moon landing. Johnson, who served as the design consultant for the HBO miniseries; FROM EARTH TO THE MOON, has a good grasp of NASA and the Apollo program, which greatly aids the believablity of this story. I highly recommend this novel - a 3 on Gregg's scale, 5 stars on Amazon, and a 9.5 on everyone else's.
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