Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More Adventures on Other Planets by Michael Cassutt

10/100

This may have been the best SF story from this issue.

It was a real nuts and bolts exploration of Jupiter's moon, Europa. Set in 2026 it takes what we know about the Mars rovers to the next level. 

The two main characters were flawed and believable; rough personalities; failed marriages; tempers flaring, it all made for an authentic setting.  I also liked how the author personified the rovers; just like today each rover was given a name but, interestingly, they developed "personalities' of their own. 

From top to bottom this was a believable and touching look at the future of planetary exploration. 

If you liked The Martian by Andy Weir then you'll like this too. 

Excellent.

NOTE:  If you want to follow the real world attempt to explore Europa go to the NASA website and learn about the Europa Clipper Mission.  http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/europa-clipper/
Europa Clipper

Michael Cassutt does not have his own web page; his Wikipedia entry is here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Cassutt

The following picture of Michael Cassutt was lifted from the Tor Books blog:
http://torbooks.co.uk/2013/07/29/david-s-goyer-michael-cassutt-the-heaven-series-interview/

Lightspeed Magazine:   http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/

Michael Cassutt

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