Analog, formerly Astounding, has a reputation for fielding the fewest female authors. Perhaps its because Campbell’s magazine is the most conservative of the science fiction digests, or maybe its because of the conception that women’s STF is somehow softer than the “real” deal. You know, with characterization and such.
So you can imagine my delight when I saw Pauline Ashwell once again has the lead novella in this month’s Astounding, the second in her tales starring the spunky Lysistrata Lee. You may have caught the fun Unwillingly to School a couple of years ago in which Lee wins a scholarship to study on old Earth (after a bit of adversity, of course). The Lost Kafoozalum, which takes place after Lee graduates, and covers her first field mission, has that same unusual first person storytelling style as the earlier story.
I like the plot, and Lee is hard not to love, but I found there was a little too much set-up for the payoff. I would have liked more showing than telling during the expository first half. The end is a bit pat, too. I don’t mind romance (actually, I like it a great deal), so I’d have enjoyed more development leading to the reveal.
Read it, and tell me what you think!
I’ll be covering the rest of the October 1960 Astounding tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s an update on Hurricane Donna. It apparently began forming on August 29 off the coast of West Africa, and we’ve been tracking its swath of destruction via radar and TIROS 2 ever since. It’s already pummeled the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, swamped the coast of Cuba, and it’s currently gathering strength just 150 miles southeast of Miami.
It’s not certain yet whether the track of the storm will take it over Cape Canaveral, but Air Force and Space Technology Laboratory personnel are taking no chances. They’ve already set up evacuation plans for personnel and vital equipment related to the upcoming Pioneer Moon mission. Let’s hope the inclement weather doesn’t jinx things. The last failure was heartbreaking enough.