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posted Nov 27, 2009, 9:16 AM by Jonathan Sherwood   [ updated Dec 21, 2009, 8:34 AM ]

- Russ Allberry, 7/15/2006

"Under the Graying Sea" by Jonathan Sherwood: The best story of the issue is the first. This story has a classic hard science fiction premise: mankind has developed a wormhole technology that will allow us instant travel to the stars, provided that we can get the end of a wormhole there. An elite group of pilots take supply ships through the stretching wormhole to maintain the fragile far end during its long journey, accelerating as quickly as possible to reduce the drag on the remote end. But on Tessa's trip, something goes horribly wrong, and she has to make some very difficult decisions. Mostly a well-constructed engineer with a wrench story with interesting technology, but some nice touches of characterization add more human feeling than is common in this genre.