Jack McDevitt. Waiting at the Altar. (Asimovs, June 2012).

Out in hyperspace a trainee pilot has to react when her spaceship comes tumbling out of hyperspace. Is it a real incident, or a Kobayashi Maru training scenario? There’s a long-distance emergency call from a craft that must be long-dead – what will the crew (Simmons, Trelawney and Kobayashi) of that ship be able to posthumously provide in terms of what went wrong.

In fact, the long-dead celebrity Simmons points them to a rendezvous, long-missed, with someone wanting to talk…

Okay enough, but missing that little bit of je ne sais quo to make the story standout.

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