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.)

111 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…)

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