Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Articulated Restraint, by Mary Robinette Kowal

★★★☆☆ Average

(Punchcard Punk; Lady Astronaut) After an accident in space, a crew in lunar orbit desperately needs Ruby and her team on Earth to work out an EVA to save the crew, so she hides the fact that she hurt her ankle badly the night before. (5,674 words; Time: 18m)

This story can serve as an introduction to the author’s “Lady Astronaut” series

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Review: 2019.098 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The plot is simple and straight-forward: Ruby manages to gut through the pain and get enough figured out to give the mission guidance on how to save themselves.

As a teaser for the series, the most important thing it does it introduce us to Ruby and show us that she’s a character we’d like to see more of.

Con: There’s an old saying that NASA figured out how to make any space mission boring no matter how dangerous.  This story suffers more than a little of that.

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