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"a man in the moon" · writers of the future volume xxiv (august 2008)
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"a man in the moon" by dr. philip edward kaldon
Writers of the Future Volume XXIV
"Zip up," the doctor told the older man. "You don't look too happy there," the astronaut said, obliging by zipping his jumpsuit back up. His bright blue eyes twinkled with some secret amusement. The two men-longtime friends-made quite a study in contrasts. Dr. Richard Hellebore stood five foot seven and while not considered clinically overweight, still exhibited something of a middle-aged thickening of the waist. Most of his short black hair had thinned away long ago. Only forty-seven, Dr. Hellebore had once been married and a family man, but his work and research as a NASA flight surgeon cost him both marriage and children. Sixty-two-year-old Captain Gene Fisher-Hall was ex-Navy, reached six-two when he stood up straight, and sported a thick gray-blond mustache which matched the wavy hair on top. Still comfortably photogenic for an astronaut, Gene came from San Francisco, but his accent had migrated to a decidedly Southern flavor-hard to place-somewhere from Texas to Tennessee to West Virginia. Perfect for a pilot. "Gene-I've always told you straight." "And I appreciated it, Dick. But you don't look like you've got happy news-so just say it." "You're dying." The older man laughed and adjusted his collar. "We're all dyin', Dickie Bird. Jest a matter of time."
Gene Fisher-Hall was NASA's top astronaut and about to start on the construction of the first real Moon base. But during his last physical, flight surgeon Richard Hellebore discovered Gene's secret -- the man was dying a slow death from a non-operable cancer. Gene should've been grounded, but he made one last deal with the doctor to let him stay and work on his Moon base, until he becomes the first Man in the Moon. Sold January 2008 (Finalist in Q3 2007 contest) Published August 2008
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