"More Adventures on Other Planets"
A short story by Michael Cassutt
(online at sci.fiction, 2001.)
Rating: "A," maybe "A+"
The unexpected romance between Elements Rebecca & Earl....
Earl Tolan, age 59, is having a bad day at work -- he's a teleoperator of a Pathfinder-class rover on Europa. He meets Rebecca Marceau under less than ideal circumstances -- she took his parking spot while he was at the doctor's. It isn't love at first sight....
There isn't much hard SF that features world-class character development and New Yorker-quality prose. This is one, and it's a winner. Don't you dare miss it. And look for it on the awards ballots next year.
Michael Cassutt has been a writer and/or producer for a number of SF and fantasy television series, including The Twilight Zone, Max Headroom, and The Outer Limits. He is also the author of a number of books on space flight, two dozen science fiction short stories and, most recently, a novel about NASA: Missing Man (Tor paperback, March 2000) -- which will now move high in my to-read pile.
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