By Eric Tozzi
Published on: December 14, 2014
At only 19 pages, Reentry Window provides a lot for a reader to enjoy: space travel and time travel.
Space exploration is dead and buried. But a strange atmospheric anomaly at Mars single handedly resurrects the program, giving birth to the first manned mission to the Red Planet for an up-close investigation of this fantastic event. For astronaut Brett Lockwood it’s a dream come true. A chance to make history. But what he discovers is a window through time that will change the entire course of space exploration—decades before he was ever born.
“Reentry Window” was originally published in the best-selling anthology, Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel.
This space travel story does something unique that not every sci fi story does – it gives you the feeling that it is somewhat set in the current modern world. Using Apollo missions and Voyager missions as well as Armstrong and Aldrin as historical references to the space program within the story it brings a sense of reality to what is being attempted by the six astronauts in Reentry Window as they try to be the first ones to land on Mars. After the space program was put aside for various political and monetary reasons, the space program is resurrected when the MAVEN Orbiting Spacecraft that had been studying Mars mysteriously disappears. Now the astronauts are sent to discover what has happened as well as run a few other tests. But, of course, not everything goes as planned once they get there.
I found Reentry Window to be a story that is nicely written and is easy to follow (not every sci fi story is). Although it is short, the story does feel complete at the end, but at the same time leaves you with a lingering question of wondering what happens next.
Rating: 4 stars