Nina Allan. The Art of Space Travel. (Tor.com, July 2016)

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Another strong, human story from Allan. Some decades hence, the Edison Star hotel next to five-runway Heathrow is the setting for a reflective piece. Emily is a senior member of staff there, and the hotel is turmoil as some of the crew of an imminent Mars mission are staying overnight. There’s been one failed mission already, and also a disastrous air crash in recent years at Heathrow, the latter of which has impacted on Emily’s mother.

Allan looks at the human costs and sacrifices needed to reach to the stars, and Emily might have a connection with the first, failed Mars mission. Or not…

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