Saturday, December 26, 2015

Around The NEO in 80 Days, by Jay Werkheiser

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(SF) Ultra-rich Phil Foggerty bet that he could fly around a Near-Earth Asteroid and return to Earth in just 80 days. He has a clever plan, but his enemies don't want him to get off the ground. (7,700 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Around The NEO in 80 Days," by (edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt), appeared in Mission: Tomorrow (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The parallel to "Around the World in 80 Days" is cute. Unlike the original, his enemies can't touch him once he's in space, so the story concludes at that point. The DSS is fascinating all by itself.

Con: Foggerty is an unlikable character, so we're not rooting for him to succeed at all. For the same reason, Felix's change of heart is impossible to believe.

And it's more than a little silly.

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