Not to detract in any way from the stories themselves but the best part of the book was the Introduction by Ben Bova. The book was (c)1999 and he wrote that "government's efforts in space would always be dictated by political considerations" and "private enterprise would be the driving engine that returns us to the Moon."Ben Bova was right. Now we have (or have already had)the Google Lunar X PRIZE, the Ansari X PRIZE, the X PRIZE Cup, and the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X CHALLENGE.There are stories from Brian Aldiss to Stephen Baxter, from Robert Sheckley to Gene Wolfe.Samplings of stories are:*finding the perfect asteroid for human use.*working on virtual reality by the last man on the moon.*the man who stole the moon.*one story reminiscent of Jules Verne's story of going to the moon*a dead post-apocalyptic Earth where people live on the moon and cannibalize people after their death.*a wacky story that is a cross between an aging flower child of the '70's, the hokum of new age auras, and Douglas Fir seeds that were taken to the moon, brought back and now have special powers.*16 stories in all.The book is not hard to read (as in it is not difficult english). The only reason it took from July 4 to August 6, 2013 is because I accidentally left it at a movie theater thirty miles away from home and it took me a while to go back and get it.