The Cassandra Project

The Cassandra Project

Mass Market Paperback
Additional Formats
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780425256459
  • 352  Pages
  • Ace
  • Adult


Two science fiction masters—Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick—team up to deliver a classic thriller in which one man uncovers the hidden history of the United States space program…
“Houston, we have a problem…”
Formerly a cynical, ambitious PR man, Jerry Culpepper finally found a client he could believe in when he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director. Proud of the Agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future.
But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first Moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars in his eyes.
Then a fifty-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability—and his willingness—to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions…
The Cassandra Project

The Cassandra Project

Jack McDevitt, Mike Resnick


“McDevitt and Resnick take us along on a well-written ride through all sorts of back-door deals and hidden secrets before they tell us what really happened…as they rewrite history in a way that doesn’t conflict with what we think we know.”—Florida-Times Union
“The apparent cover-up conspiracy at the heart of (the novel) is unpeeled back layer by layer through and elaborate series of plot twists and turns.”—Jessup Press Sentinel 

“The authors expertly crank up the tension and maintain it throughout via a suite of thoroughly believable characters.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)



We’ve been friends for a quarter of a century, and have admired each other’s work for just as long. We had discussed collaborating over the years, but one or the other was always too busy. Then, about two years ago, we found that we both had a little room on the schedule, and the possibility of collaborating gained traction.
We knew we wanted to do a novel, which would be fresh ground for both of us. Mike has collaborated on screenplays and has written short stories with more than 40 different collaborators, but he’d never tried it with a novel. Jack had collaborated far less, and he also had never had a partner on a novel. Could we do it without getting in each other’s way? (The common wisdom is that a collaboration is twice as difficult as the novel you write alone.)
It seemed worth the effort. So the next question became: What do we collaborate on? We needed a narrative idea that we would both care seriously about. And one that would be a pleasure to write. That’s long been a requirement for both of us: Writing is supposed to be fun. The notion that writers have to keep whiskey in the bottom drawer is a myth put out by writers to keep the opposition at bay. That truism should go no farther.
We chose an expansion of Jack’s short story, “The Cassandra Project.”
With the pair of us working on it, it became something much more complex, with an expanded cast that included Mike’s brilliant, if eccentric, billionaire, Bucky Blackstone. There’s also a Moon landing and probably the most unlikely of heroes. We were also able to discover the real reason for the Watergate cover-up, which is finally being revealed to the world.
Jack wrote the first two chapters, and then we pretty much alternated, Jack doing most (but not all) of the chapters featuring Jerry, Mike doing most (but not all) of the chapters featuring Bucky. Each of us rewrote/revised the other’s work, and, oddly, we never had a single disagreement of any substance.
We’re very pleased with the early reception the book has received, so much so that we’re actually considering doing another.
—Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick