I’ve always been fascinated by the moon. I love astronomy to begin with, but the moon has so much influence over us and yet remains such a mystery.

As a kid, I wondered whether the moon was made of cheese, or if a man really lived there. As a teenager, I studied the moons phases and its impact on the tides. As an adult—and an observer of human behavior—I pondered its effects on our psyches.

As a cops reporter, I discovered that be it coincidence or scientific fact, the full moon meant more police activity, busier (and crazier) ERs, and a lot more (and certainly more interesting) work for me. As a parent, I learned that my newborn’s temperament seemed to become much less manageable during a full moon. And as a grammarian, I deemed the term “lunatic” to be remarkably appropriate.

As a book publisher, I find the moon fascinating fodder for fiction.

If you find the moon as magnificent as I do, you’ll find the latest Storybundle equally compelling.

The Moonscapes Bundle, curated by USA Today bestselling author and Fiction River series editor Dean Wesley Smith, was born out of Fiction River: Moonscapes.

Here’s what Dean has to say about the bundle:

“When editing the volume, I got lucky to find eleven great hard-sf stories from eleven top science fiction writers. Over seventy thousand words of fiction. I was and still am very proud of the volume.

“But as the years went on, I wanted to keep the idea of Moonscapes going. Then the chance to do this science fiction bundle came up and working it around Fiction River: Moonscapes just seemed to be a logical idea. Six of the authors in Fiction River: Moonscapes had hard science fiction novels that would fit in this bundle. And three other great sf writers, including Kevin J. Anderson, joined the fun. So nine hard science fiction novels plus the volume of Fiction River: Moonscapes.”

For more information on this stellar Storybundle, click here.

Once you read this bundle, you might find yourself pondering our own moon in a very different way.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.