Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Short Story by Shane Tourtellotte
A down-and-out physicist wants to make a comeback and help defend the space program from politics so he signs up for a public debate and makes a mess of things instead. It turns out the sacrifices he made for the program years ago have left him effectively brain damaged and unable to help save it now. A good story that stays focused on the tragic protagonist rather than the issue of protecting science from defunding (an important issue, but it's best not to over-preach). Sometimes you can only give so much for your cause: in this case 3.5 out of 5.