Sunday, June 24, 2018

Open Source Space, by C. Stuart Hardwick

★★★☆☆ Mixed

(SF Adventure) A failed attempt to recover a long-lost lunar module turns deadly when the object is discovered to be on a collision course with a Chinese base. (8,044 words; Time: 26m)

"Open Source Space," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|18, published on by .

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Pro: It’s a cool little adventure story, and most of the fun is watching Kylie cope with one technical challenge after another before she successfully lands Snoopy on the lunar surface.

Con: The whole thing is hard to believe. The lunar base having missiles at all. Anyone caring enough about blowing up Snoopy to make it a casus belli. Open source ever being able to put people in space. Even Yang’s speech at the end.

Background: The Apollo 10 lunar ascent module, aka “Snoopy,” really was sent into orbit around the sun, and, despite some efforts, has never been found again.

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