Friday, March 13, 2020

Giant Steps, by Russell Nichols


(SF Adventure) Dr. Jenkins leaves Earth for a trip to Titan looking for evidence of giants that seem to have left footprints there. (4,963 words; Time: 16m)

"Giant Steps," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 118, published on .

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Review: 2020.136 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: In a very real sense, the story isn’t about the trip to Titan at all; it’s about Charlene coming to terms with her feelings about the grandmother who raised her and the husband and child she abandoned.

Con: The science is awful. For a mission like this, you’d send a robot, not a human. It’s not possible for a mission to unexpectedly arrive even a few days early, much less a year or so. Nor can a mission like this change trajectory at the last minute. Being hit by a big rock would vaporize the spacecraft before it would reroute it to Titan. Etc. etc. etc.

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