Ok, so this is a total shot in the dark, but here goes...

When I was in 4th grade (around 1982) there was a series of sci-fi books for kids or teens in the library at school. All I can remember about them is that they were smaller hardcover books (bigger than paperbacks, but not too much - similar to those Golden books in size), and all black. One was about the moon- a moon base I think. I don't believe they were movie novelizations though.

And that's really all I got! I know it's not much to go on, but does it ring any bells for anyone? I've been hunting online for years with no luck.

  • Welcome to sci-fi @ stack exchange! You're right, that's very little to go on, but we could still use more information. What language was this in? Where was the school (country, province, state)? How many pages do you remember there being? Was this at the school library or another library? How many were there in the series? – n_b Mar 21 '18 at 3:20
  • I took a stab at answering this. If that's not it, could you give more details about why they aren't it? Even silly details can help narrow things down. – Brythan Mar 21 '18 at 5:58
  • Hi, thanks very much! More info as requested: the book was in English, school was on Long Island, NY (Bay Shore, Gardiner Manor school), number of pages was ROUGHLY around 100, how many in the series I'm not certain but I'm fairly certain that not all the books in the series were continuations of the same story, I think this was more of an anthology series. – Frank W. Zammetti Mar 21 '18 at 15:08

Could these have been Tom Swift, Jr. books by Victor Appleton II? For example, Tom Swift in the Race to the Moon had a black dust jacket.

Scan of spine, front cover, and overleaf of dust jacket

The books were also available without dust jackets. Those versions had a yellow spine and back cover. Those with dust jackets were blue underneath the dust jacket. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books looked similar in format, as they were from the same publisher.

That was the twelfth of thirty-three books. They could easily have had another book set in a moonbase. It seems to me that they established one after this book, perhaps in Tom Swift and His Space Solartron, the thirteenth book. That seems to have also been available in a black cover like

Photo of front cover

The hardbacks that I have are larger than a mass market paperback but smaller than other hardbacks. I store them with the paperbacks rather than on the larger shelves that hold other hardbacks.

They were written from 1954 to 1971, so they could have been in a school library in 1982.

The third series started release in 1981. The paperback that I read had a black cover. I don't know about the library versions. The third series were all space books, but I don't know that any were set on the moon.

Victor Appleton and Victor Appleton II were house names owned by the publisher, not the authors who wrote them.

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    Could it be 'Moon Base One' from the Chris Godfrey of Unexa series by Hugh Walters? It was published in 1960/ The books follow a young man (Chris Godfrey) who becomes an astronaut, and his American and Russian friends. – sueelleker Mar 21 '18 at 7:01
  • Oh, good suggestions! The one thing I do have more than anything else is a picture of the covers (front and back) in my mind... of course, after 30+ years there's no guarantee it's an accurate picture, but I have a gut feeling I'll recognize it when I see it, and I can tell for sure it's not the Tom Swift one, and doing a Google search for Moon Base One I'm almost completely certain that's not it either. (I've spend most of my time doing Google image searches just looking at cover pics in my search by the way, since that seemed like my best bet). Thanks very much for trying! – Frank W. Zammetti Mar 21 '18 at 15:12

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