Yes, it’s true. Waste Of Space will be the end of the Moon Base Alpha series… for now.

A lot of readers have written to me lately, having noticed that my publisher is referring to Waste of Space as the ‘third and final book’ in the MBA series on sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Everyone wants to know if this is really true.

Yes it is.

Here’s why:

When I wrote Space Case, the first book in this series, I really wanted to handle the realities of space travel as realistically as possible.  I think I did a decent job of that, but it created a problem for me: It turns out, the moon is a very limiting place to set a series.

Let me explain:  For my Spy School books, I can really send my characters just about anywhere on earth I want.  And while FunJungle is theoretically tied to FunJungle itself, I can create whatever locations I want inside that park — and I am free to have my characters leave FunJungle as well.  But in the MBA series, the only location fit for human habitation is the moon base itself, which I made quite small — and my characters are not really free to range very far away from it.  Plus, even if they could leave MBA (which they do on occasion) the moon is not a place with much variation.  Yes, there are some hills and craters and lava tubes, but for the most part, the moon is pretty much the same wherever you go.  This — and the fact that humans have to wear space suits — is extremely limiting when I want to develop new action sequences.

Lots of people have made suggestions to me about how to open up the series, but they really won’t work.  To address them:

Why not move the action to Moon Base Beta?

Because I have made it clear that MBB hasn’t even begun construction — and once that happens, it is supposed to take another ten years to build and that plan is probably optimistic, which means MBB won’t be up and running for another 10-15 years, at which point my lead characters will be college graduates.

Why not move the series to Mars or another planet?

Because I have made it clear that even getting to the moon is tremendously difficult (which is the truth).  Getting to other planets is going to be much more difficult, and it would be unlikely that we could have bases on them any time soon, which means that, yes, the terrain might change, but the limitations of having my humans confined to a small location are still there.

Why not move the series to the International Space Station?

Because the ISS is even smaller and more limited than MBA is.  Even by 2041, it won’t be that big — and that’s assuming that we haven’t defunded it and let it fall back to earth (which is a possibility).

So… does this mean that the series is completely dead?

Not necessarily.  I do have some ideas about how I might be able to keep it going, but for now, I would rather focus on my series that do not feel so limited.

Which brings me to my other big news.  Since MBA is ending (for now, at least), I am in the process of creating a new series.  However, my publisher has asked that I not reveal any details about it quite yet.  They will be coming, though.  I promise.  (So please don’t write asking for more details.  I will just tell you to read this post again.)

281 thoughts on “Yes, it’s true. Waste Of Space will be the end of the Moon Base Alpha series… for now.

  1. I am so addicted to you books I am so glad there even a thing I’m 10 my name is soren

  2. Just out of curiosity (I haven’t been able to read all 200+ comments here)…but you do know there is a science fiction TV series named “Space:1999” that takes place on the Moon…on…wait for it…Moonbase Alpha??

    I read where you got your inspiration for your MBA series, but was curious if you had heard/seen the series sometime in your past? I’m a little too old to read your MBA series, so I don’t know much about the setting, etc though I have read your blog entries which seem to indicate the books try to be realistic about space travel, etc. S:1999 will sorta blow that ideal out of the water but it will also inspire you (and others).

  3. anthonyd –

    I hadn’t seen that series, but MBA is a very common choice for a potential moon base name. Elon Musk chose the same thing when he announced his plans for a moon base, and that was after my books had come out.

  4. So sad that it’s ending! I’m such a big fan 🙁 I understand why though! All the love 🙂

  5. I loved the moon base alpha series! I had had an idea for continuing the series: you continue to moon base beta with a different family.the son then gets in contact with Dan via the thoughts way that Zan was using. If you read this, check out my website as well!

  6. Just found this out. The name Xavier Gonzalez is used in Spy School and in Poached. Is there a chance that you could write about Teddy working for the CIA, seeing that his friend probably is in the CIA and could make a recommendation to his superiors? I really like your books and would like them to keep coming.

  7. Dear Stuart Gibbs,
    Hi!!! My name is Sadie Hoag and I am writing this off the topic of this blog because I couldn’t figure out where to type. Anyways, I am a HUGE fan of your spy school series!!! When I was halfway through British Invasion , I was freaking out because I was worried that it would be the last one. I know this is kind of silly but my friends and I thought of some ideas for your coming books. I live in Canada, and I was in Montreal when I saw a hill called Murray Hill! I was shocked!!! I was thinking that it would be cool to base one of your books in Canada and maybe underneath Murray Hill. Another thought , is that maybe Erica,Ben,Mike,and Zoe could go to a normal school and try to blend in. One last thought, is that maybe all of them go to Canada because all of the new students at spy school are working for SPYDER or another enemy agency. I hope you appreciate these thoughts and if not, I am sorry. I just loved this series so much I had to speak to you. Thank you for your time, and I would highly appreciate it if you responded to my blog. Thank you so much,
    Sadie Hoag

  8. Sadie –

    I have no problem with the Spy School gang going to Canada at some point. I just haven’t quite come up with a plot that works for that yet.

  9. Hi my mom is an editor and she got me the Charlie Thorne book. I just wanted to tell you guys that it is a really great book and super exciting. Read until the end!!

  10. Stu

    I am a huge fan and think you should set your next book series in Alaska because you have not done a “frozen” action Sequence also you come to the lussac library in anchorage on your way to a colder Alaskan place for your research

  11. I don’t know why athonyd thinks he’s too old to read the MBA series .. I’m 51 and I enjoyed reading read MBA books as they came out. I was sad to see the series end, but I totally get why it did. Also .. loved the ending.

    I’ve also been reading the Spy School series since my daughter introduced me to it soon after the 1st or 2nd book was released … and it always pains me to have to wait a year until the next installment! Aaarrrrrgghh!!! 🙂

  12. Are the character names based off of your kids? Also are Violet and Dash the same people in FunJungle and Moon Base Alpha?

  13. I love your books so much!
    I have an interesting idea that you might like.
    I goes like Dash and Kira are already friends so what if they become a couple have a kid that solves mysteries at MBB? Then that kid becomes a couple with another kid then they have a kid that solves mysteries at MBC? And so on!

  14. Ender –

    Yes, they are based off my kids. No, they are not the same people in different series. In one series they are bother and sister. In the other, they are not. And the MBA series takes place twenty two years from now.

  15. Hi,my name is Oscar I’m 10 and I love your MBA books,I really hope you make more because they are so addicting,especially because I love space, so I hope you will be able to make more books. Bye! Posted:7:41 July 18, 2019

  16. Is it possible, even the slightest chance that us humans could travel like Zan Perfonic btw I love the series!?

  17. hi, i’m noah and i just finished the space alpha series. when i went on to this website and heard that waste of space was going to end the series i cried. please don’t do this to me, please find a new way to continue the series! but for now here are some thoughts that you can dwell on for the time being. you should just make it so that workers fix moon base alpha up so that people can live there in say the next book in the series if you make one. you could also just right …years later explaining that the mbb construction has finished. thank you so much for writing the fun jungle series, the spy school series, and lastly, my favorite series you have written so far the moon base alpha series.
    from, 11 year old noah

  18. Hi I’m Janitha and 12 from Australia and I’m a massive fan of the Moon Base Alpha series. I’m so sad that there won’t be another book though. I was so into the books that I read Spaced out and Waste of space over a couple of days!! I was reading them all day! I hope there will be another book/series relating to Moon Base Alpha series. Good Luck and Thank you.

  19. By the way, is Garth Grisom named after astronaut Gus Grissom? And is Dash’s family (Gibson) named after astronaut Robert Gibson/Edward Gibson? Please reply

  20. noah –

    I’m sorry that you are upset that the series is ending. I am upset that the series is ending. But that doesn’t change my reasons for why I am ending it. My blog post about this still holds true.

  21. Janitha –

    Garth’s last name is Grisan, not Grissom. Gus Grissom’s family has suffered enough. I don’t need to make things worse for them.

    Dash Gibson is not named after any real astronauts.

  22. Hi.Such a big fan of the MBA books and sad to hear it’s over…
    Though a good idea is to take the epilogue 2 and making it a new series,or a side series about Zan’s perspective.
    Plz continue!
    I checked out the book today and finished it today.PLZZZZZ
    another good idea,Vilots own series if possible
    I’m only ten so my ideas might not make sense,but if you want further idea’s plz go to my Gmail or at least respond.
    Sophie-age 10

  23. Sophie –

    Thanks for your suggestions. But I now have three other series going, so I really don’t have the time to return to MBA.

  24. stu-
    i love your boooks so much and i relize that in all of them their is a meaning and a lesson around it like how in spy school goes south you talked about global warming and so on and so on and i jus love how you do it!!!!!!!

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