Oliver Morton is a senior editor at The Economist and an award winning writer. He is the author of Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World, Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet and The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World.
An out-of-this-world read ... brilliant and compelling. Morton is a high-octane British science journalist, and every chapter is littered with material that strikes, amazes or haunts ... this is a book filled not just with a lifetime's knowledge of its subject but with a lifetime's suppressed excitement. -- James McConnachie * Sunday Times * I have read almost everything written about the lunar missions, yet I have never encountered a book that captures so perfectly and so lyrically the ridiculous power that the moon holds over human sensibility. This is a beautiful book about Luna - a Moon of many stories, Moon as might be and Moon as always was, Moon longed for and Moon happened upon . It exposes the magnificent desolation of the lunar quest, yet still captures the beguiling hold that the moon has over all of us. -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times * Wonderful and comprehensive ... full of human stories and rich with lunar-obsessed characters -- Rowan Hooper * New Scientist * A very good book about the Moon but even more admirably, a different one. It is good because it is superbly well-written and enjoyably organised. It is different because it looks beyond Apollo towards the future ... A pleasure to read. * Economist * a superb lunar history that explores both its past and future * Sunday Times * [Morton] crafts elegant, witty prose and the book is full of interesting observations and insights -- Darragh McManus * Irish Independent * This is a book to bend your mind ... the most eloquent exploration of our modern understanding of the Moon -- Alexandra Witze * Nature *