The Lights Outside The Window
|'The Lights Outside the Windows' (11,500 words, approx.)
Seen through the direct vision port the receding planet Mars
was a completely uninteresting object -- a pink circle roughly
the size of a golf ball held at arm's length with blurred edges,
the brighter stars in the background showing as faint smudges
of grey on the surrounding blackness.
Unusually for 1957 (and much later), Captain Miller of the spaceship
Star Fire is a woman, as on every other Star Line vessel.
"(mere) Men could not take Space -- or, rather, they could not
look at it and stay sane." Something to do with the 'space-birth'
trauma. The female mind is, however, made of sterner and
more pragmatic stuff. Captain Kate Janeway would approve,
but I'm not so sure about James T. Kirk or even Jean-Luc Picard.
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
- NEW WORLDS No 56, February 1957
- URANIA No 441, Italian anthology Sue Altesa Spatiale,
- TERRA SF No 350, August 1982, as Die Lichter des Alls
- PILOT DURCH ZEIT& RAUM, Ed Ronald Hahn, Ennslin hardback,
- Deadly Litter (see under Books).