Asimov, Peril and the Lunar Archives
Been a while since I was able to write, ordinarily I would like to post one response for each of these subjects. Today, however, I'm playing catchup!
So, we'll start with the smallest item - Peril on Pallas is number four on the most viewed list! Congratulations, Zendexor.
In regards to the recent Asimov page, I'm happy to see him get an official page at last. As I've stated before, he's a beloved author of mine. I'd say your criticisms were fair, he doesn't offer much in the way of colorful settings, instead relying on the reader to fill it in. But he has a brilliant mind for plot, which, I think, is essentially the point you made about him.
As for the wonderful Archives of the Moon, well, what can I say? It was a wonderful bit of reading! I enjoyed the Lunar writing, the possible progenitor of the "Ultimate Language" in Valeddom. The story was well paced and well written, with an aura of mystery and ancient evil. I especially enjoyed the segments set on the ancient, inhabited moon, and learning about the Lunar Empire.
I'm currently working on both a Mars and Europa story, myself, although I am quite amateur. I have so far left Mission untouched, to see if another will add to it, but soon I intend to pick that story up again.
Note from Zendexor: Great to hear from you again, Dylan. Can't wait to receive your Mars and Europa tale or tales (not clear whether it's one of each or a combined one). Nothing amateurish about your contributions so far; except in the literal sense of their not being paid, which is regrettable - but then I don't suppose Homer was paid for the Odyssey either, except in renown and influence! However, if a billionaire contributes substantial largesse to the site, I'll see that you get your cut.
Re Mission to the Tenth Planet: it doesn't look as though anyone else is contributing so the story is languishing at the moment. I'm relieved to hear you intend resuming it at some stage. I don't think I could manage to finish it on my own, and besides, its developing contrasts make it a natural for collaboration.
Re Asimov - his plots are indeed the thing! - especially the way he can produce drama out of an idea. The idea is the hero, in a way; and though that may sound bloodless, it works - and I suppose that to make a thing succeed which ought in theory to fail is, one might say, the definition of genius.
Re The Archives of the Moon: if only we had more of the ancient OSS, e.g. from the days of the Lunar Empire. The scope is tremendous, but I can't very well presume on RG's good nature to produce another such freebie. Let's hope other contributors will follow his lead.
Re Peril on Pallas - the congratulations are mutual, needless to say. An experimental yarn, not perfect but successful in arousing interest and, we hope, emulation! I found the collaboration to be great fun.