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The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt

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"The Cassandra Project" is a 2010 science fiction short story by Jack McDevitt. It is about an ancient dome discovered on the far side of the Moon.

Non-Spoiler Summary

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Jerry works in the public relations department at NASA. It is a pretty fun job in which he gets to meet a lot of astronauts and important people. But there are always the scandals that make his job a headache. His most recent headache involves Russian pictures which show an artificial structure on the Moon… in 1967! To make matters worse is the fact that the first joint American-Russian space flight to the Moon is about to take place. As Jerry delves into the mystery of the photos he discovers more than one thing that makes his life miserable. Oh the joy.

Some Juicy Tidbits About This Story

  • Word count: 4,993 (23 pages)
  • Did you know that Jack McDevitt’s novel Seeker won the 2006 Nebula Award for Best Novel? Yep. You can learn more about this awesome science fiction author at Wikipedia.

Where To Find The Cassandra Project

  • This short story originally appeared in the June 2010 edition of the online magazine Lightspeed – where you can still read it for free!

Craving More SF Stories Like This One?

If you liked "The Cassandra Project" then be sure to check out “Melville on Iapetus” also by Jack McDevitt – about a group of astronauts who discover an ancient statue on one of Saturn’s moons.

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