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Friday, June 29, 2012

Philip Edward Kaldon, “A Man in the Moon”

Writers of the Future XXIV

Lunar astronaut Gene Fisher-Hall is dying from inoperable cancer. Dr. Richard Hellebore tries to keep him grounded but can’t when presented with a chance to watch the disease in low gravity As accidents add up and someone dies, NASA tries micromanage from Earth, but things don’t heat up until an enterprising reporter uncovers Gene’s concealed cancer.

While slightly unfocused, Kaldon’s story does a great job with Fisher-Hall’s catchy dialogue, voice and reasoning, reminiscent of Heinlein’s best work.

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