Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New Short Fiction: “Tenbrook of Mars” by Dean McLaughlin

Tenbrook of Mars,” a new novella by Dean McLaughlin, has been published in the July/August 2008 issue of Analog.

As SFRevu describes the plot, “Don Tenbrook had wound up acting manager on an outpost on Mars when a disaster cut off their supplies. While he won't admit to it, he's credited with ‘saving the colony.’ He's coming home to a hero's welcome and finding something
out about how help from Earth was handled. We get his history and how survival was engineered. Does he have a surprise waiting for him?”

A more complete synopsis and brief analysis is provided by The Fix: Short Fiction Review.

Interestingly, McLaughlin pays tribute to several authors and students
of the Red Planet by incorporating the following spaceships into his storyline: the Edgar Burroughs, the Giovanni Schiaparelli, the Percival Lowell, and the Raymond Bradbury.

An active science fiction writer since the early 1950’s, McLaughlin’s best known work is "Hawk Among the Sparrows" (1968), which was nominated for both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award for Best Novella.

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