Another first professional sale! At least according to the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.
This was a well-realized First Contact scenario.
What I loved best was the ease the author wrote this story. It felt like Forrest has been writing, and publishing for years; there was nary an info dump or needless exposition anywhere. The story was paramount and details were revealed as needed an in the context of the story. This is an author to keep an eye on.
I loved the interaction of the main character with the AI of the orbiting ship. There was structure and protocols in every aspect of the mission that I found reassuring. I found that I just slipped into the story without having to spend much effort getting my head around the rules and ways of the world the author created.
J.L. Forrest's website is here:
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