‘The Moon And The Other’ Looks At Gender And Class With A Sci-Fi Twist

Apr 21, 2017

Credit Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

In his latest novel, “The Moon and The Other” (Simon & Schuster/2017), science fiction writer John Kessel envisions a collection of people living on the moon in the middle of the 22nd century. The story follows four main characters as they navigate the social structures of each colony, including the “Society of Cousins,” where men receive societal privileges but are denied the right to vote.


Host Frank Stasio talks with Kessel about setting a novel on the moon and how social structures on Earth influenced the book. Kessel is a professor of creative writing and American literature at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.