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Cover art for THE HARD SIDE OF THE MOON, a man standing on the moon holding a map of the Earth

The Hard Side of the Moon

By Hugh A. D. Spencer

Science fiction/comedy, 17+
404 pages

ISBN: 978-1-928011-52-1
MSRP: $36.99 CAD hardcover, $4.99 ebook
Released September 2021

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In southern Alberta in the late 1970s, Matthew Bishop has a pretty decent life. Sure, he doesn't have a girlfriend, but he has all the science fiction books a monthly mail order subscription can bring him, a collection of Canadian synth rock on vinyl, and a gig with the university radio station with which to share them.

But things take a turn for the majorly uncool when his commie best friend is assaulted by The Man, a high school hobby becomes a city-wide political statement, and his mom is set to marry the World's Biggest Tool and leave him homeless. What's a slacker majoring in f***-all to do?

Well, it could be worse. At least he isn't imprisoned in an extraterrestrial slave labour camp... right?

Reviews for The Hard Side of the Moon

"The Hard Side of the Moon by Toronto author Hugh A.D. Spencer stretches the old familiar fabric in so many new and original ways it's a treat that leaves you not only wondering where it's going at every turn, but where you've been at the end. A loving satire not only of SF but its fan culture as well, [Spencer] has written a novel that's both lighthearted and, in its final pages, profound." - Toronto Star