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.)

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

  1. Hi! I REALLY hope you can make more moonbase alpha books! I got them for my birthday, and they are LITERALLY the best books I have read in my entire life! And I have read like thousands of chapter books! They ACTUALLY got my heart beating! I also love these, cause I love space, and I like when people talk about the future. That idea of aliens visiting through thoughts (and humans too) Was SO creative! I am getting a pet hedgehog, and I think I’ll name her or him Zan!

  2. Dear Stuart Gibbs,
    I am 10 and live in madison wi. I just got the moonbase alpha books, and read them in like 4 days! They are the best books ever, and I love Zan. I hope you can please make more of this series even if it is in a couple of years. I know you are busy but I have a few suggestions:
    Have Dash discover Zans world (planet) and make lots of adventures happen there!
    And maybe then Violet could learn how better, and come to! I have yet to read the spy school series, but it’s on my list of books! Which is a lot of books. Thank you so much again for the series, and I understand completely if you can not make more.

    P.S. Did you invent the name Gibson, because the first 3 letters are the same as your last name?

  3. I LOVE THESE BOOKS!

    Thanks for your kind thoughts. But I still am not going to write any more books in this series.

    And that is a very astute observation about the name ‘Gibson.’

  4. Dear Stu,
    Thank you a lot for responding to my message. I actually started a book, and I got a LOT of tips and ways to writing a good book by reading your books thank you sooooooo much! I also started reading the spy school series! I looooove! Them!!!!!!!

  5. Stu
    I noticed that dash and violets names are in funjungle and mba is there a connection
    Or did you just like the names also it has been 3 years have you had any great MBA ideas

  6. Ronney –

    I just like the names.

    And I am not even trying to think of ideas for MBA. I am focusing on my other three series.

  7. Dear Stuart,
    Hi, it’s me again. I started reading the spy school series, and I noticed that they are similar to the mba series! DId you do this on purpose: you made there be thin walls that you could here in, in both books, and Erica also has brilliant blue eyes, just like Zan.

  8. hello, I know you said that there is a new series you are working on, and that your publisher has asked you NOT to reveal or say anything about, but you wrote this post 2 YEARS ago, and now that it is 2020, I assume maybe you can give a few more details about it? Please can you just give me a few hints? Or have you already published it?

  9. I LOVE THESE BOOKS!

    That is not exactly many similarities to support the claim that the series are similar. In any two series, there will occasionally be a few similar ideas. (After all, there are only so many eye colors. Sooner or later, two characters are going to have blue eyes.)

  10. Paloma –

    As you pointed out, that post is from two years ago.

    So the new series would be Charlie Thorne, which published more than a year ago.

  11. It would be a cool idea if they all had to go back to earth and deal with all the things that they didn’t have to before. The book doesn’t have to be about the conflicts on the moon it could be on the earth to. Like about how they would adapt on the earth and to all the people.

  12. Paul Song –

    I would still argue that an MBA book set on earth would remove everything that made the MBA series interesting.

    Besides, I already have three other series set on earth.

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