One of a number of stories in the collection that looks to the Chinese as the people who will get us further into space.
A sequel to ‘Project Hades’ in Analog July/August 2010
I’ve read fewer stories from Baxter of late than I would normally like to, so good to see him leading off this first story in the new Arc magazine.
Humanity finding out some answers to some pretty big questions, but the act of asking…
As ever, a strong collection of stories, albeit fairly ‘safe’ in terms of a relatively narrow range of sources.
Stephen Baxter does Nigel Kneale, and stories by Rajnar Vajra, Stephen L. Burns, Marianne J. Dyson, Scott William Carter, Carl Frederick, Brad Aiken, and Brenda Cooper.
A story that could quite easily be presented as a missing Quatermass story from Nigel Kneale.
A bit of a deja vu feeling with the opening and closing stories, with two experienced writers re-treading footprints into the sfnal regolith, with the other stories being good without being great.
The descendents, many generations hence, of those from Earth II, struggle to understand the nature of their planet and how they got there.