Friday, December 18, 2015

Excalibur, by Jack McDevitt

(Hard SF) Gordon Kerr, writing a history of NASA, uncovers documentation about a mysterious unmanned mission that no one talks about. (4,000 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

"Excalibur," by (edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt), appeared in Mission: Tomorrow (RSR review), published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

The trouble with this story is that it's impossible to believe any of it. A NASA mission to the Kuiper belt with a Neptune flyby wouldn't be obscure; it would be a big deal no matter what it discovered. And a NASA discovery of an alien artifact would be international news, no matter how they tried to cover it up.

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