Sunday, June 26, 2011

New novelette: "Citizen-Astronaut" by David D. Levine

Hugo-award winning SF writer & Mars Society guy David D. Levine just had his new novelette, “Citizen-Astronaut,” published in the June 2011 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. Inspired by Levine’s experiences as part of a simulated expedition to Mars undertaken in the desert of Utah (pictured above), and awarded 2nd prize in the 2010 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest, “Citizen-Astronaut” tells the story of a blogger assigned to report on a manned mission to the Red Planet.

While I haven’t read “Citizen-Astronaut,” if you're not afraid of a few spoilers you can piece together a detailed description of the story by reading these diverse reviews:

1) Sam Tomaino of SFRevu: “All in all, this was an exciting story of heroism and sacrifice.”

2) Lois Tilton of Locus: "Here we have two classic Analog themes: the creative individual vs bureaucracy, and the creative individual solving a life-and-death problem. Gary Shu fits the role well; he turns out to be a competent handyman as well as a journalist -- a doer, not a speecher."

3) Aidan Doyle of SFF Portal: “I found the story lacking in surprises and had hoped for something more interesting.” 

David D. Levine is working on a YA novel: The Loneliest Girl on Mars (2012).

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