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.)

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

  1. Have you started writing FJ5 (or its unofficial title “Lion Down”) yet? And have you ever written multiple books at once?

  2. GibbsFan

    I am well underway writing FJ5. And I am usually working on more than one book at a time.

  3. Can you make another series like the space series because I might cry if there isn’t one ??

  4. Jk Rowling thought she was done on her second of the Harry Potter series and people encouraged her to keep going so I hope this encourages you to make a fourth Space book

  5. okay. just noticed that teddy is going too be around60 years old when the last Rhinos, elephants, and gorillas die.:O

  6. Hi, Stuart, first of all, I am a huge fan of your books and am sad but understanding that this series is ending. I’m just curious, though… Do your three major series all take place in the same universe? That could make for some interesting crossovers later down the road.

    And I am well aware of the current-day launch situation, how hard it would be to secretly send people to space and how unlikely an evil plan in space would be in this day and age, but have you considered sending Ben into space in one of the books?

  7. Steven –

    I think it makes more sense to keep my characters in different universes. And since I have already done a space series, I am in no hurry to send Ben there.

  8. If this is the last, I am very sad. Also, should make a fourth book when hes older like the end of waste of space in year 2075.

  9. The fourth book should be kind of like Dash solving a mystery on Zan’s planet and bringing Violet and Kira in on it.

    P. S. Big fan of every one of your series!!! My whole bookshelf is full of every single one of your books (at least until I have to return them to the library…)

  10. hey Stu, in WOS it mentions Frooty puffs cereal which are also mentioned in FJ4. is it the same cereal?- agent p

  11. I have an idea for a new series concerning MBA. This is by far my favorite series. I have read all of your books with the exception of the FunJungle series. I attempted to read the first book, but got bored halfway through and did not have a pleasant experience. Spy School is amazing, but not nearly as good as MBA. In Spaced Out and Waste of Space, Residence 15 is said to be in the future used as residence for Jasmine Chen, Seth Patucket, and Holly Patucket, Age 13. Jasmine is said to be an engineering coordinator bro MBB. Perhaps a series could be constructed about Holly and her adventures in Moon Base Beta/Alpha. I knew that this would be the end of the first trilogy of MBA, but I assumed that Holly would either make an appearance in WOS or be the main character in the second trilogy. This would be far down the line, but I think it is a good idea and that it would make money. Lots of people would absolutely love a story about a 13-16 year old girl on the Moon, I know I would. You could even make it about a random character who lives on Mars in like 2100, and say stuff like, “the Kowalski-Gibson equation saved the Earth, and scientists turned their attention to Mars” Not as good an idea as my first, but just throwing stuff out there.

    Ps: I can’t wait for your new series. I would ask you about it, but I read the comments section and you seemed pretty annoyed with the people who did.

    🙂

  12. Mr.Gibbs, what about Holly Patuket and those who were about to arrive on missions 7 and 9? What do you mean by ‘Missions’?

    Also, Gibson comes from Gibbs, right?

  13. Bookworm –

    At the risk of spoiling things, obviously those missions aren’t going to happen now.

    And Gibson does seem to be very close to Gibbs, doesn’t it?

  14. I bet that the new series is an MBB series. Otherwise why would he say he has a new series in this article and not make its own article around it

  15. Mr. Gibbs, will there be another book after spy school goes south? or will spy school end (for now), like MBA? I hope not.

    Also, if you will make another, what will you name it? when will it come out?
    -john

    P.S, I’m a huge fan of your books. if I could put the huge in bold and italics, I would.

  16. Mr. Gibbs, will there be another book after the last musketeers: double cross and spy school goes south? or will they end(for now), like the MBA series? I hope not. Also, if you will make new ones, when? what will you name them?
    -john

    P.S, I’m a huge fan of all of your books. If only I could put the “huge” in bold and italics.

  17. Mr. Gibbs, will the last musketeers have a fourth book? I really hope so. I love that series, as well as all the other ones, and it’s already breaking my heart to hear that MBA will end, even if it’s for now.

    -john

  18. Rocky –

    I have no idea when the new series will end. It could be sixteen years from now. I really have no idea what I am doing two years from now, let alone that far in the future.

  19. John –

    There will be more SS books. SS7 will be out in spring of 2019. I don’t have a title yet.

  20. John –

    If you look on the right hand side of every page of my webiste, you will see a list of upcoming books.

  21. everyonelovesstuartgibbs –

    There will not be a Musketeers 4. There is a very old blog post about that series if you want to scroll back a few years to find it.

  22. How many spy school books do you plan on writing? We know there are at least 7, but do you plan on more? If so, how much more?

  23. But will you do a book covering Missions 7 and 9(Holly Patuket)? Please answer yes/no, Mr.Gibbs!

  24. Dear Mr. Gibbs
    First off, let me say your books are OFF THE HOOK TOTALLY AWESOME! Second, in the MBA series, why did you put Holly coming to MBA if you knew what was going to happen to MBA (No spoilers!!)? If Missions 8&9 were never going to happen, why bother to put that in???-MBAallday!

  25. Bookworm –

    I do not have a favorite series of my own. I very much like the Fletch series of mysteries, though.

  26. MBAallday –

    I had no idea what I was going to do in book two when I wrote book one. So I had no idea if Holly would come into play.

  27. Mitch –

    Wow. I wrote that whole post explaining why I wasn’t going to do any more MBA, but now, thanks to your erudite plea, I have decided to do 24 more books in the series.

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