The Art of Space Travel (2020)

The Art of Space Travel The Art of Space Travel by Nina Allan is a science fiction novelette In a first manned mission to Mars ended in tragedy Thirty years later a second expedition is preparing to launch As housekee
  • Title: The Art of Space Travel
  • Author: Nina Allan
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  • The Art of Space Travel
    The Art of Space Travel by Nina Allan is a science fiction novelette In 2047, a first manned mission to Mars ended in tragedy Thirty years later, a second expedition is preparing to launch As housekeeper of the hotel where two of the astronauts will give their final press statements, Emily finds the mission intruding upon her thoughts and Emily s mother, Mo The Art of Space Travel by Nina Allan is a science fiction novelette In 2047, a first manned mission to Mars ended in tragedy Thirty years later, a second expedition is preparing to launch As housekeeper of the hotel where two of the astronauts will give their final press statements, Emily finds the mission intruding upon her thoughts and Emily s mother, Moolie, has a message to give her, but Moolie s memories are fading As the astronauts visit draws closer, the unearthing of a personal history is about to alter Emily s world forever.
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    1. It is a good heartwarming story, I like the ending But is it a SF I have been asking this question and in my heart since 2015 where I started catching up reading some Hugo or Nebula nomination winner stories.I see the story as a family drama with setting in the future where space travel to Mars is possible But SF stories is not the story of a fictitious technology, but how the technology affects the people s life I see People s behavior in the story are the same as in real life.

    2. 3.5 stars Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature This poignant science fiction novelette is set about 60 years in our world s future, when space travel is still difficult and often as in the case of an excursion to Mars that provides the backdrop for this story a one way trip Emily is the head of housekeeping for the Edison Star, a large hotel near Heathrow Airport, where two of the astronauts slated for the lifelong Mars trip will be staying for one night before they leave for China t [...]

    3. I saw them, though I saw them at night, when I couldn t sleep Instead of counting chickens I would count stars, picking them out from my memory one by one, like diamonds from a black silk handkerchief I love this little novelette Set in the backdrop of an astronaut mission preparing for a one way trip to Mars, we see the story of one person who fleetingly meets the astronauts on their way Emily works in a hotel next to Heathrow Airport where the astronauts are staying somewhat by accident, and t [...]

    4. For a story set in the future with elements that make it sound like it s going to have some decent reveal with the second great Mars expedition, this story remains firmly in the realm of a character study, only.There are parts of this that I do like, such as the writing and the character development, the stream of consciousness bits, the ruminations about her family and where she might come from, it is only this, however After so much build up, I kinda wanted something a little juicy to sink my [...]

    5. The title is very well connected to the story, but also very misleading Apart from being in 2047 and a second mission on Mars on the way, it isn t really sci fi It s the story of Emily, her relationship with her mother who is affected by dementia and her quest view spoiler in discovering who her father is hide spoiler.Written in first person, with reliable characters, the story is good and the writing endearing and fluent The ending is predictable but wrapped up nicely All in all, a quick and en [...]

    6. What did I expect from the story a juicy space opera I guess so What did I get A mother daughter relationship story Full review at my blog

    7. A very quiet story about family ties and secrets set with the background of a space launch Not particularly SF for an SF story, but an enjoyable character study nevertheless.

    8. Title aside, this is a sentimental character story about a young woman caring for her aging, often addled mother, and still wondering if she can learn who her absent father is was The scifi hook is that it s the future, strangely identical to the present, and some astronauts are coming to stay at the hotel where the protagonist works I can t really credit it for a surprise ending, since it s well signaled Scifi or not, it s an interesting enough read, and Allan writes some enjoyable passages.

    9. Tendo como pano de fundo uma expedi o a Marte, uma jovem encarregada de limpezas de um hotel de aeroporto procura saber a verdade sobre o seu pai A sua m e, antiga cientista espacial, agora demente, em casa, v tima do rescaldo do falhan o da primeira miss o marciana, nunca lhe contou quem era o seu pai A jovem suspeita que poderia ter sido um dos astronautas da miss o que se despenhou na superf cie marciana, mas a verdade est surpreendentemente perto de si Com tanto drama pessoal, quase passa de [...]

    10. 3.5 Apart from the astronauts, not really SF ish and clearly not about space travel, being of a psychological sociological work, about relationships and family and dreams, with a predictable but ok ending.

    11. It was time to shut up For the first time in my life I was feeling another person s pain like it was my own Ah A refreshing short story, which takes the reader deep inside a character in a recognizably near future No fantasy very little science, but pretty of good storytelling What did fathers ever do for the world in any case, except saddle unsuspecting women with unwanted children Another markedly feminist tale This year boasts a host of socially relevant and some irrelevant topics This tale w [...]

    12. A beautiful, contemplative and thoughtful gem of a novella I love this brand of no fireworks sci fi It was a pleasure to read.

    13. 3.5 starsThis is one of those layered like an onion stories And it has some great layers, especially some of the outer ones But the ending is not nearly as surprising as the story telegraphs it should be, and there really is almost nothing there when we get to the center It sort of ends on a whimper Or maybe a whisper.Nonetheless, worth a read for great lines like It s all still inside, I know it everything she was, everything she knows, still packed tight inside her head like old newspapers pac [...]

    14. A girl trying to find her dad Like Mamma Mia but set in a hotel where astronauts preparing for their Mars trip Well it is fiction and has two characters with scientific background and but is this SF Not sure but the Hugo committee seems to think so.

    15. Last year I read and enjoyed Allan s The Race, so I was glad to see her on the Hugo list for Best Novelette As with that novel, this novelette reads like literary fiction in a good way with some light trappings of science fiction, which is odd because some heavily science fictional fantastic stuff happens in both stories A deeper question about why astronauts would agree to a one way trip to Mars is raised, corresponding to the fact that we are all on a one way trip, whatever planet our grave w [...]

    16. It is a good story but I saw the end coming a mile a way and while I like the way how short stories often just hint at things happening here the Galaxy crash and the New Dawn are just one thing too many But reading context matters Probably would have enjoyed this when not reading at the same time as all the other hugo nominees.

    17. I thought this was a pleasant story that ends up feeling a bit inconsequential The background is the build up to a mission to send a group of astronauts on a one way journey to Mars, but the main character plays a very peripheral role, being in charge of housekeeping in the Heathrow hotel some of the astronauts are staying in The main plot focus is on her quest to discover who her father was, it s a nicely told story but it s quite a low key plot, especially when it felt fairly obvious from earl [...]

    18. I liked the characterization and the premise here I enjoy near future science fiction that s about the people than the gadgets but I felt like the ending just sort of petered out, leaving character arcs waving loose in the wind and not really justifying the length As a shorter, tighter story, I would have loved it.

    19. The Art of Space Travel s protagonist is a manager of a hotel supposed to host two astronauts during their last days on Earth before their one way mission to colonize Mars Space travel is not the core of the plot though, not as such, and I loved this slightly off kilter quality of the novella the plot mostly focuses on the protagonist s relationship with her mother, who s sliding ever deeper into dementia But then, thematically, the space exploration plot and the family drama plot do eventually [...]

    20. This story is about a woman who works in a hotel near Heathrow, which happens to be the hotel the group of astronauts going to Mars will stay at before departing The bulk of the story deals with her feelings surrounding space travel, which is inextricably tied up with her family history, especially her mother The major emotional journeys for the protagonist, Emily, are her search for her father whose identity she doesn t know and her mother s illness, caused by proximity to space travel.It s not [...]

    21. 3.5 starsEmily works as a housekeeper at the Edison Star hotel, near Heathrow Airport The hotel is having it s 15 minutes of fame as two of the astronauts headed to China for the 2nd Mars mission will stay there for one night.But this story is not about missions to Mars, except where those events touch on the lives of Emily or her mother Moolie Moolie, once an metallurgist who is suffering early onset dementia, apparently caused by toxic substances she was exposed to whilst investigating a plane [...]

    22. The story is beautiful and I wish it didn t stop It is set on Earth, in the far future, where Mars missions are a reality The story addressed star maps, struggle of a single parent, the joy of settling for a normal life, finding your identity, and imagining your father to be spaceman, when you don t know who your father is There is also about living after you are dead, like to leave a legacy for the world to remember you How is this possible if you are settling for a normal life, that you are in [...]

    23. After the first mission intended to put people on Mars was a tragic failure, it has taken thirty years for people to be ready to try again As a hotel housekeeper, Emily s only connection to the mission is the fact that two of the mission s astronauts will be coming to her hotel to participate in the final press conference before the launch But Emily s mother, Moolie, has something that Emily needs to know And that something may just set Emily s entire world on its head.When I read science fictio [...]

    24. If you didn t know her how she was before, you wouldn t necessarily spot that there s anything wrong with her.It s all still inside, I know it everything she was, everything she knows, still packed tight inside her head like old newspapers packed into the eaves of an old house Yellowing and crumpled, yes, but still telling their stories.For me, Moolie is a wonder and a nightmare, a sadness deep down in my gut like a splinter of bone Always there, and always worrying away at the living flesh of m [...]

    25. Hmm Call me old fashioned, but when reading a Hugo nominee, I d expect something that could be categorized as fantasy or science fiction.Instead, what we have here is a short story about the relationship between a daughter and her single parent mother, who s apparently suffering from dementia and other, unnamed ailments Despite this being set 50 years into the future, there s apparently very little that s changed people still read paper books, use mobiles, watch TV and apparently use Ajax.It s a [...]

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