Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Death on Mars, by Madeline Ashby

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(SF Adventure) Four women staffing an advance base on Phobos get a male visitor who brings them some bad news. (8,206 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Moving and thought-provoking

"," by (edited by Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: Khalidah needs to forgive Donna. Donna wants to die on Mars. And everyone else wants to finish their mission. All three goals get accomplished, one way or the other.

Strictly speaking, the story leaves us wondering if Donna is really going to do it, but from all that’s gone before, it’s hard to imagine she’s not.

I like the strategy of using remote machines directed from crew on Phobos to construct the underground habitat prior to arrival of the main crew. It's a very practical plan.

The reference to the “Bertha Bork” was amusing, since Eric and I live in Seattle and Bertha (eventually) passed just one block from our house.

Con: Khalidah seemed to take way too long to get over Donna’s deception.

If the Corvus was only meant to bring Marshall to Phobos, why is it capable of landing on Mars and taking back off?

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