Once again, as Earth approaches perihelion and Dean Martin and the Andrews Sisters fill my Pandora playlist, it’s time for turkey dinners, warm hearth fires, and the annual award eligibility post.
This year, I have one story that I’m very proud of, and that has already received some pleasant buzz. “For All Mankind,” published in the July/August issue of Analog Science Fiction & Fact, is about the Apollo Program and the Tsar Bomba. It’s a good old fashioned “astronauts go out to save the world from approaching doom” story, but more than that, it’s about history and prejudice and two women who transcend ideology and culture to share the common bond of humanity. It is, I believe, as timely today as it would have been in the era in which it takes place.
Finland’s TPI Kirjat rated it “four star-plus,” higher than any other story published in 2017, of any length, and more than one editor or reviewer has told me it’s on their nomination list for the year. Here is some of the feedback it’s garnered: