Sunday, May 5, 2019

Chasing Oumuamua, by Sean Monaghan

[Asimov's]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Near-Future SF) An extraterrestrial object is hurtling through our solar system, but the only hope of getting a good probe there in time lies in the work of a young inventor who’s trapped by mental illness. (7,066 words; Time: 23m)

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"Chasing Oumuamua," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 05-06|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.246 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This story is both about Meredith’s efforts to get through to Rick in time for his work to benefit the Castallion project and about her struggle to reconnect emotionally with the brother she once loved and now mourns.

This is also Rick’s story, which tells how he overcame his mental illness long enough to make a difference.

I particularly liked the way the story did little things to signal how the two of them were drawing closer, such as when they burst out laughing together, falling to the grass just as when they were kids together.

Con: It’s a little hard to buy the idea that NASA would be so dependent on the work one young man did some years ago.

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