Thursday, July 7, 2011

Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier: "Martian Chronicles" by Cory Doctorow

I’m still reading my way through Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier (Viking, April 2011), a new original Young Adult science fiction anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan that's packed with stories from a range of contemporary writers, including Ellen Klages, Ian McDonald, Rachel Swirsky, Chris Roberson, Nnedi Okorafor, and Kim Stanley Robinson.

The sixth tale in the anthology is “Martian Chronicles,” written by Canadian science fiction author, blogger and copyright activist Cory "Boing Boing" Doctorow. Here are the opening lines:
THEY say you can’t smell anything through a launch hood, but I still smelled the pove in the next seat as the space attendants strapped us into our acceleration couches and shone lights in our eyes and triple-checked the medical readouts on our wristlets to make sure our hearts wouldn’t explode when the rocket boosted us into orbit for transfer to the Eagle and the long, long trip to Mars.
I think this is what writers call a run-on sentence!

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