Matthew Looney: Four Space Adventures Stories
(Avon Books, Oct. 1, 1978)
WALKING THE PLANK! Matthew Looney sets off to explore the planet Free-holy, with the hope of establishing a colony there if the Earthlings should take over the Moon. En route, Matthew's moonship is ambushed by Captain Morgus and his band of space pirates. Matthew is forced to walk the plank and ends up floating to oblivion. How can he meet up again with his missing expedition in the dungeons of the strange planet? PEACE BETWEEN EARTHMEN AND MOONSTERS? Conditions on the Moon are growing worse! Its inhabitants have been trying to live in peace in the solar system, but space ships, rockets, and other paraphernalia from Earth regularly land on its surface, endangering the Moonsters. The powerful Anti-Earth league wants to stop this by destroying Earth with a lava-four bomb, and Matthew Looney takes off on another expedition to Earth to negotiate a treaty. But, once there, he discovers that a runaway bomb is about to hit Earth! And Matthew must choose between abandoning Earth to its doom or trying to prevent the holocaust. INVADERS FROM EARTH! The Moon People realize there is life on Earth because Earth has bombed the Moon! The expeditionary force sent to invade Earth is successful this time in finding living creatures. Terrified by water bullets hurled at them from the sky, the spacemen flee in such haste that they leave Matthew behind. So, to Matthew alone belongs the glory of finally meeting the EARTH people. IS THERE LIFE ON EARTH? Matthew Looney earns his chance to go as cabin boy on the first trip from the moon to "outer space"-to the earth. Commander Lockhard chooses the South Pole, a place where moon people might feel more at home, as his landing spot. They explore, but find no evidence of life. On the voyage back to the moon, Ronald the murtle almost causes the space ship to crash, but then provides the key to the success of the expedition when Matthew proves that his pet has survived not only the atmosphere, but the peculiar substance called water.