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.)

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

  1. :(((((((( I cried when zan left I am so sad because you will not have any more moon base alpha sires. If you do have an Idea and please make a new book for the MBA.
    Thank You for all your wonderful books. also when will bear bottom come out

  2. Aarvish –

    For upcoming releases, look in the right hand column of every single page of this website. (Or on a mobile, it’s above the Blog posts.)

  3. I LOVE CHARLIE THORN!!! I can’t wait for the third one!!!!!!!! Thanks you so much stuart gibbs, I have read almost all of your books, spy school series, moon base alpha series, in the process of reading charlie thorn, I will be sad when it ends, I am glad you are still writing more books though! Are you going to write a new series?

  4. Also, I am confused if charlie thorn and the lost city is published yet. It is available in stores, but it says it will publish march 2, 2021

  5. Paloma –

    Since i have three series going at the moment, it would be very difficult to write a new chapter series at this time.

  6. Paloma –

    CT2 is available for pre-order. As far as I know, it hasn’t even been printed yet, so it should not be in stores.

  7. I felt that this series should be a movie or long episodes. I love the MBA Series. Thank you for writing these books, I wouldn’t be into reading if it wasn’t for these books.

  8. Plzzzzzzz make another sequel series to this series where some kid figures out how to travel and the CIA come after him

  9. I love the MBA series. ITS SO GOOD! I really want another book. Also I have an idea of what you can do for another book. You can write about what happens when the get back to earth. (I mean they by the MBA people.)

  10. Dylan –

    Unfortunately, the hook of the series it that it takes place in space. Telling a story about astronauts who have returned to earth isn’t that exciting to me.

  11. Ok, Thanks. 😀 Just wanna say that i love ur books and i want to read more of them. The only ones i have read is the MBA series

  12. How about a sequel to MBA? Maybe we could have a book where Zan was originated, and the planet, and maybe Dash does that thing where he goes to places through his mind, and he goes to the planet where Zan was originated. I would love to give you more and more ideas all the time!!!

  13. Alex K –

    Moving the action to Zan’s planet turns the book into major science fiction, which is very different from the series I wrote. It’s not something i feel comfortable writing.

  14. Hey mr gibbs i just wanna say i like funjungle the best because its simple. It just takes place on earth and some normal dilemmas happen. (Well, not “normal”) But im not saying your other books are bad. I loved spaced out, and spy camp was my favorite spy school. Just saying that your books are cool!

  15. I think you could do a crossover. You could have a child of Jessica Hale and one of Ben Ripley now in spy school on an undercover national contest winner field trip to the moon, there to investigate a new moonie, the son of Murray Hill, trying to help spyder establish a mining operation on the moon.

  16. I think there should be a sequel to the MBA series involving him(dash) trying to not have global warming but still talking to Zan to ask for help sometimes.

  17. What if you make another series called moon base beta. (I am Jacob Wagner 10th grade age 16. I got your first book when I was in 5th or 6th grade. I never actually finished reading it. … Till now. 🙂 My birthday is on march 13th so I asked for the rest of the series because I really like the first book. I got the second book and finished it in about 4 days. My moms name is Julia Wagner. Though it is not my website I will put my moms website link down below. My mom is a writer but dose not have any books published yet. She likes to go to the writing conferences were she meets other authors.) So my idea is that after moon base beta is done being built, Dashiell becomes the moon base commander of moon base beta. And lives on the moon with his kids. (if he has any) And then the story can then continue! Just don’t wait to do it after your son graduates and gets kids. I don’t think I could wait that long. please email me back about this idea and let me know what you think! also, my mom uses wordpress to for here blog!:)

  18. Jacob Wagner –

    While I appreciate your enthusiasm, as I say in this very blog, moving the action to MBB doesn’t really solve my problems with this series.

  19. I just finished the book includeing the prologs. I now unsderstand why you can’t do another book. And also what was on the end, will the become a part of a book/sereoes called bosco or somthings. if so I can not wait for it to come out I am really excited.

  20. Jacod Wagner –

    No, I ended the MBA series the way I wanted to end it. I am not going to keep going.

  21. Something that might be cool would be if you wrote the series from Kira’s point of view. This was an idea I got while reading the first book again.

  22. Harrison Klein –

    It is very difficult to rewrite a series from the POV of another character. If you tell the same story from a different POV, it’s still the same story, so there aren’t any surprises.

    So it’s a lot of work for no real benefit.

  23. I really want to read the next book.
    When I read epilogue 2 I really wanted a next book.
    What happened when Dash met Zan?

  24. Space lover –

    If I had wanted to tell more of the story, I would have told more of the story. I leave the rest to your imagination.

  25. I hope you make another Moon Base alpha Book. They were awesome! I love how you did the last part of the book where all the characters were grown up and he finally went into ZAN’S mind. All of your books are awesome, and I think you are one of the best authors. I really do hope you make another MBA book in 2021. Yes I know I am writing this after a long time, because you made the book in 2018. I am not going to give any ideas, because I thing you should make them yourself. I mean, you made all those other books and I loved them. I am just going to encourage you to make one more. I literally almost cried when I finished the book.

  26. I love all you MBA books. They were awesome. I almost cried when I finished it just now. I know this is quite late because you made the book in 2018. I am not going to hound you with a bunch of ideas because I know you have made all those other books, while it may not have been by yourself, you were able to do it without me and millions of other people, so… I am not going to add to those people when you don’t need it. I noticed each of your books were spaced 2 years apart, so I was wondering maybe you could make another MBA book in 2021, even though it would be a year difference from the other books. I do encourage you to make one book. The last part of the book was a total cliff hanger. You did such a great job. I know you want to leave it to our imaginations but I things thousands of people maybe millions would appreciate another book. And it would be amazing if you could respond. I usually only read graphic novels, but your book really convinced me that books without pictures are awesome. I have read many books without pictures of course, but they did not make me laugh like yours did. And that is saying something because when I try something new, I don’t like it sometimes, but I took one look at the first chapter of your books, and that was enough for me to finish all of them in 2 weeks.

  27. Sam –

    Given that we are already a quarter of the way into 2021, it would be impossible for me to conceive, write and get a new MBA published this year.

    I wasn’t happy to end the series. But I felt it was better to have people upset that I had ended it than to be upset that I’d continued.

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