Friday, December 25, 2015

The Ultimate Space Race, by Jaleta Clegg

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(SF Humor) In a future where space missions are funded by reality TV, Ethel and Henry watch the exciting conclusion of a four-month race to Mars and back. (3,100 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"The Ultimate Space Race," by (edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt), appeared in Mission: Tomorrow (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Best line: "Ethel would never trust her life to a ship built by breakfast cereal companies and office furniture retailers."

We can't decide whether it was all rigged or partly rigged, although we're suspicious that two ships would be neck and neck after such a long race. For reality TV, that's par for the course.

Con: It's light, uncomplicated material.

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