Echoes from Radioland by David Wright


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Post April 06, 2015, 05:16:37 PM

Echoes from Radioland by David Wright

This was a beautifully written story that almost felt like two stories. [SPOILER ALERT] The first half, dealing with the radio transmissions from the past; the second dealing with our main character's trek across the Moon. I suppose I thought that the transmissions would ultimately turn out to be connected with something else, but they weren't.

I think the only thing that threw me -- and perhaps someone with a better understanding of these things can help out -- is why the fellow at the end said that the moon base "imploded". If the structure was being supported by air pressure, I could understand it's collapsing. But imploding? Seems to me it would explode. Am I missing something?

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Post April 08, 2015, 04:30:26 PM

Re: Echoes from Radioland

I found this story to be quite compelling, although the science doesn't actually work. Similar to the old "Dr Who Episodes recovered from space" rumour a few years ago. But an interesting premise, nonetheless.

The other thing I found a little odd that the story didn't really address in detail (maybe I missed it) is why are the two women grey haired and apparently elderly? How long were they on the moon before they lost contact with earth? And why would Earth be sending seniors into space?

It was nice, however, to read a story with a somewhat happy ending. Gives us all hope, I guess.

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Post May 02, 2015, 01:56:30 AM

Re: Echoes from Radioland by David Wright

Stranded on an island story, except this one is on the moon. Stories like this one set the stage for interior monologues, since the protagonist is alone, and this story gives us that.

It’s interesting to watch Valerie spiral into the depth of despair and loneliness with each event that leads. Finally, when things look bleak, hope surfaces when the Commander’s voice rings through the static. The remainder of the story builds on the hope, and Valerie realizes that her world is still alive—even if a war had taken place.

A nice event-driven story of a marooned astronaut’s internal thoughts and feelings as she believes that her life will end shortly.
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