Another great review of MISSION: TOMORROW in Locus Mag, this from Rich Horton.
Mission: Tomorrow is an anthology that explicitly places itself near SF’s core – straightforward stories set in the near future, most focusing on Solar System exploration – and it’s quite successful, with a set of a consistently entertaining stories. Quite a few center on corporate cold-heartedness (not always convincingly), and on people fighting for survival when something goes wrong in space. My favorite stories came from Brenda Cooper and Michael F. Flynn.
Cooper’s ‘‘Iron Pegasus’’ is a bit of a Three Laws story, in which an emergency beacon lures the narrator and her companion robot to an asteroid. There they find a mystery... a dead child and her father, with only the father’s companion robot surviving. The story turns, to some extent, on the differing – but how different? – experiences of the two robots, and the working out is a bit surprising and effective.
Flynn’s ‘‘In Panic Town, on the Backward Moon’’, is set on Phobos (as the title will hint to long time readers), and its a noirish story about a PI (sort of) investigating a theft and a related murder... alien archaeological secrets are involved, and engineering malfeasance, and it’s well told with a darkly humorous edge.
Congrats to Brenda Cooper and Michael Flynn.http://www.amazon.com/Mission-Tomorrow-Bryan-Thomas-Schmidt/dp/1476780943/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1447390131&sr=1-1