Monday, September 7, 2015

All in a Hot and Copper Sky, by Megan Arkenberg

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Thirty years after a catastrophe in a Mars mission simulation, a woman writes letters to her dead lover--the one they call the Angel of death. (4,343 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: SFEP

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 64, published on .

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Pro: I like the way the facts of the story gradually come out as Dolores mentions things in passing in her letters. Dolores's obsession with Socorro comes through very clearly.

Con: A few things don't fit, though. Socorro seems very ill-suited for a mission of this type. And real long-term studies always make allowances for the need to break the protocol--they wouldn't just let people die. Early on it mentions that someone is planning to try again, and that Dolores should stop them, but this angle gets dropped. The idea that an accident would delay a space mission by 30 years is inconsistent with history anyway. But, of course, the story isn't really about space missions.

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