Elizabeth Hand. The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon. (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year #5).

Originally in : Stories – All New Tales (ed N. Gaiman)

Wonderful story from Hand, full of humanity and tenderness. Good news is that it is online, so before you read the next para – read it here.

Two or three strong characters in the story, all far from perfect, who set themselves the task of re-creating lost footage of an early human-powered flight. The mourning widower, and his relationship with his son and his ex-colleagues, alongside a quotient of nerdy SF/spaceflight backdrop, gives the story depth and resonance.

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