Saturday, October 3, 2009

Free e-anthology packs Ruth Nestvold’s 2008 short story “Mars: A Traveler's Guide”

StarShipSofa Stories, Volume 1 (PDF, 11 MB), a new, free e-anthology published by the folks at the audio science fiction magazine StarShipSofa, includes “Mars: A Traveler's Guide,” a short story written by SF&F author Ruth Nestvold that was originally published in the January 2008 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. A clever story told through a rover computer system's responses to queries from a desperate tourist on the Red Planet, here are the opening lines:

YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE TOPIC "DUST STORMS": Dust storms on Mars can encompass the entire planet. Global winds disperse the dust until the entire surface is covered and sunlight is cut off. When sunlight can no longer warm the ground, the effect stops. These storms are connected with the dominant weather patterns and the warmer summers in the southern hemisphere.

“Mars: A Traveler's Guide” was nominated for a Nebula Award.

[via John DeNardo of SF Signal]

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