Helium-3: Further Reading
Hello, I’m novelist Chris Orcutt. Chances are, you’ve come to this page after hearing me on my radio interviews. During these interviews, I have talked about the alternative fuel source helium-3, other alternative energy sources, moon mining, fracking, and a possible conspiracy between the U.S. government and the fossil fuels industry to prevent helium-3 innovation.
I have also talked about my latest mystery novel, A Truth Stranger Than Fiction, as well as my other novels. If you’re interested in buying any of my books, please go to my Buy Books page, or click on any of the links above for descriptions and excerpts. Also, feel free to visit any of my social media pages (including Facebook and Twitter) by clicking on the links at the very top or bottom of this page.
As I mention during my interviews, I am not a scientist. I am a novelist, and I’ve written professionally for 25 years—as a novelist, journalist, short story writer, scriptwriter, playwright, technical writer and speechwriter. I originally studied chemistry in college with the intention of becoming a forensic scientist, but later changed my major to philosophy. To learn more about me, check out my About Chris page.
In doing research for A Truth Stranger Than Fiction, I found a lot of material about helium-3 and the other subjects in my novel. Some of that material appears below as PDFs (as well as in two blog entries: 1. a helium-3 and oil timeline, suggesting a possible U.S. government and fossil fuels industry conspiracy; and 2. “Helium-3, Alternative Energy and the China Problem“), so you don’t have to take my word on these subjects as gospel. I encourage you to read this source material for yourself and come to your own conclusions.
As a novelist, my job is not to win people over to my way of thinking on a given issue; my job is to raise important questions and start a conversation. And the best, and least threatening, tool I have at my disposal to do this is fiction, presenting these issues in an entertaining and compelling format—something I think I’ve accomplished in all of my novels, but particularly in A Truth Stranger Than Fiction. I hope you enjoy these materials (in descending chronological order) for further reading.
Articles on Helium-3, Fusion and Moon Mining
“Lockheed Martin Claims Sustainable Fusion Is Within Its Grasp,” eWeek.com, 2015.
“The Front Runners in Fusion Energy,” OilPrice.com, 2015.
“China Spacecraft Enters Orbit for Possible Mining Mission,” International Business Times, 2015.
“China Makes Its Move to the Moon,” Scientific American, 2015.
“Billionaire Teams Up With NASA to Mine the Moon,” NBC News, 2015.
“Russian Firm Proposes $9.4B Moon Base for Mining,” CNBC.com, 2015.
“Moon Mining: What is the Payoff,” MiningGlobal.com, 2015.
“Dirty Energy Money,” Oil Change International, 2015.
“Helium-3 Amazing Facts,” Amazing Facts, 2014.
“Chemistry on the Moon: The Quest for Helium-3,” 21st Century Science and Technology, 2014.
“The Power of Helium-3,” Executive Technology Review, 2014.
“Helium-3 Power Generation,” ExplainingTheFuture.com, 2014.
“Forget Pluto, Comets or Mars—Let’s Go Back to the Moon,” Washington Post, 2014.
“Moon Power: China’s Pursuit of Lunar Helium-3,” The Diplomat, 2014.
“The Global Race to Harness the Moon’s Resources,” CNBC.com, 2014.
“Moon Mining: Foolishness or the Future of Energy,” Bakken.com, 2014.
“LPAC Weekly Report: The New Paradigm for Mankind” (video overview of helium-3 science), LaRouchePAC Science Research Team, 2014.
“Could Helium-3 Really Solve Earth’s Energy Problems,” Revolution-Green.com, 2013.
“Mining on the Moon for Renewable Energy,” AZOCleanTech.com, 2013.
“President Barack Obama on Space Exploration in the 21st Century,” NASA.gov, 4/15/2010.
“Is Mining Rare Minerals on the Moon Vital to National Security,” Space.com, 2010.
“Mining the Moon,” MIT Technology Review, 2007.
“The Estimation of Helium-3 Probable Reserves in Lunar Regolith,” Lunar and Planetary Science, 2007.
“Future in Fusion,” The Capital Times (Madison, WI), 2006.
“Mining the Moon,” American Scientist, 2006.
“NASA Plans Permanent Moon Base,” New York Times, Dec. 2006.
“Race to the Moon for Nuclear Fuel,” WIRED.com, 2006.
“President Bush Delivers Remarks On U.S. Space Policy—Transcript,” NASA.gov, 1/14/2004.
“Bush Backs Goal of Flight to Moon to Establish Base,” New York Times, 2004.
“Bush Unveils Vision for Moon and Beyond,” CNN.com, 2004.
“Using Lunar Helium-3 to Generate Nuclear Power,” University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.
“The Trouble with Fusion,” MIT Technology Review, 1983.
Articles on Fossil Fuels, Fracking and Related Topics
“U.S. Issues Warning Over Bakken-sourced Oil,” TheGlobeandMail.com, 2015.
“Bakken Formation,” Wikipedia.com, 2015.
“Chemicals Used in Fracking,” AllenStewart.com, 2015.
“History of Electric Cars,” EdisonTechCenter.org, 2015.
“Landmark Study Finds No Evidence that Fracking Polluted Water,” Pocono Record, 2014.
“Update: NY Rules Against Hydrofracking,” Poughkeepsie Journal, 2014.
“Oil Isn’t Cheap—At Any Price,” Los Angeles Times, 2014.
“Fracking Chemicals May Make Oil Extra Explosive,” Grist.org, 2014.
“USGS Releases New Oil and Gas Estimate for Bakken,” USGS.com, 2013.
“North Dakota’s Explosive Bakken Oil,” TheGlobeandMail.com, 2013.
“Hubbert’s Peak in the 21st Century,” Princeton.edu, 2011.
“Ford, Edison, and the Cheap EV that Almost Was,” WIRED.com, 2010.