The second in Ian Sales’ Apollo Quartet, four novellas set in a shared universe. The second, like the first, shows meticulous research into Apollo spaceflight, giving us a picture of what might have been had it not died. General Bradley Emerson, the only man to have ever gone to Mars, is now being pulled out of retirement for a final mission. The action drifts between his 1979 Mars mission and the 1999 “present”. The story is one of discovery, of governments and paranoia, but it is a deep, personal story as well, and it’s beautiful. Read it, and the first.