Dekker Savage? Don’t tell me that back in 1954, writers were playing games with their names to promote sales. Probably. Googled him and a quick glance didn’t say.
So Fly by Night is a short story that appeared in If magazine four years before I was born, a tale of a spaceman and spacewoman who have never met but have trained for a rocket flight and will be coupled together (snicker) for the mission.
Of course, the flight is about as uncomfortable as it can be – with her curling up on herself and him upset that he doesn’t know what to say. I had to wonder what the mission profilers were up to.
Then, hours into the mission, they get the abort call – mission scrubbed. With a certain degree of frustration (internal and otherwise), they bring the rocket around and come back to the Earth they just left. Well, maybe. The entire radio band is silent. And the cites they pass over are cratered. Just what is going on?
Wanna find out? Go HERE and download it free from Project Gutenberg.
Overall, I liked it. It was fun to laugh at the paths science didn’t go down, the misunderstandings of what space is and how it works. But I’ll give Dekker this – it ended up with a nice twist. Good read. Have a look.