Writers of the Future XXIII
In an alternate America, the US has a rocket, the Destiny, pointed to outer space. Reporter Irving, enemy of the space age, arrives to relate the story of the first woman to pilot this rocket, the alluring Deirdre Calahan. Unfortunately, several people want to thwart this and work to undermine and destroy it before it can get off the ground--one of whom paid Irving a good deal of money: the chief competitor of phlogiston fuel that powers the rocket. Irving has a change of heart. He chooses to try to blow up the rocket before it can harm the beautiful Deirdre. Before he can carry out his elaborate plan, thugs await him.
This one has a lot of character, its strength.