Lily & Kosmo in Outer Outer Space
CHAPTER 1 Brooklyn, Earth, 1949
The night Lily Lupino locked herself in the bathroom and cut off all her hair, a piece of space crash landed in her living room, in the form of a boy astronaut named Kosmo Kidd. He came by rocket, a small beat-up number that smashed through the ceiling while the Lupinos slept—well, not Lily. Lily was too mad to sleep. It started with a radio, looming over the living room like a cherrywood lighthouse, and the whine of a theremin, announcing the start of tonight’s episode of Trip Darrow: Star Pilot. . . .
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Mr. Lupino was done listening to the evening news, and Mrs. Lupino’s favorite music program, Bandstand, didn’t come on until eight. Seven p.m. belonged to Lily Lupino, Astronaut in Training. For the fifth Thursday in a row, she sat cross-legged on the carpet, in the amber glow of the radio’s dial, grabbed the knob, and tuned in to join the baritone spaceman Trip Darrow, and his squeaky sidekick, Deirdre. Tonight, the five-part epic
“Mutants on Moon Base Four” would reach its thrilling conclusion.