Jaine Fenn. The Martian Job. (Newcon Press 2017)

Read in The Year’s Best Science Fiction Thirty Fifth Annual Collection (Dozois, 2018).

Published by Newcon Press 2017.

I liked the opening pages of this longer story, introducing an intriguing female protagonist with a back story and dodgy family to match. However the story moved into a relatively routine heist story, of the ‘procedural’ type – lots of detail about things like interviewing the team members for the job in question. I rather lost interest and baled out, finding out afterwards that indeed The Martian Job had a strong nod to the classic The Italian Job film, and I missed out on the ‘you were only supposed to blow the bloody outer airlock open’ line.

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