Karl Bunker. Under the Shouting Sky. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 27th Annual Collection.)

Originally in : Cosmos, August/September 2009 – and still online.

It’s a short story – read it by following the link above.

A short but effective piece set on the Saturnian moon of Enceladus. It’s a two-hander – the scientist who pushed hard for the trip to the moon once alien wreckage was spotted on it, and a technician. There’s not much of a relationship between the two – the scientist gets the tech’s name wrong, and sees him as someone there just to earn a paycheck. But when they make an event bigger discovery, its the tech who makes the sacrifice for the greater good, revealing depth and a humility.

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