Ann Leckie. The Endangered Camp. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2010)

Originally in : Clockwork Phoenix 2.

Dinosaurs have achieved spaceflight, and, having found the Moon to be airless, have now sent a mission to Mars – just ahead of (unknown to them) the extinction event headed their way. With the post-impact white ring spreading across the face of the earth, there is a challenge to the captain’s authority when she decides to turn back. What can history teach them – through the sung history of their race?

The story asks a lot with regard to suspension of disbelief, and doesn’t really give much back by way of return.

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