John Barnes. Martian Heart. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 29th Annual Collection)

Originally in : Life on Mars (ed. Strahan).

Originally in a YA anthology, this is an effective story of love and loss on Mars, with a clever background of the challenges, and risks, involved in getting to Mars. The narrative is in the shape of a reflective interview by a succesful Martian. You know it’s not going to have a happy ending from the outset, but it still has an impact at the end – especially if you’re a sentimental old sod! – and would be a good introduction to the genre to a person of restricted age.

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