Thursday, May 2, 2019

Mulligan, by Bud Sparhawk

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Adventure) Bobby’s a Lunar prospector fallen on hard times, so he can’t say no to a job, even when it’s from a woman who swindled him once. Even when it’s about finding a lost golf ball. (4,807 words; Time: 16m)

"Mulligan," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.229 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: From the get-go, we’re sure Denise is going to screw Bobby out of his share of the money; the only question is how she’s going to do it. There’s a certain amount of tension just from worrying that the whole thing might not even be legal, in which case Bobby might somehow end up taking the heat for that too.

I definitely liked the setting: The moon a couple of centuries from now, where a person can make a fortune but can lose one just as easily--and might do both in the same day.

As a side note, Alan Shepherd really did hit golf balls on the moon. I remember watching on TV.

Con: Bobby seems to be quite a sucker—as is Denise’s client back on Earth.

Supposedly there are some Easter Eggs in this story, but I didn’t notice any. What did I miss?

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