Science fiction. Short story. In the distant future, an asteroid farmer encounters a deep-space dilemma that shatters the code of logic by which he lives. More
Science fiction. Short story. Deep in space, there are gardens. The humanity of tomorrow have found a use for the tumbling asteroids of the Kuiper Belt - deep space farms. On the surface of these asteroids are cultivated a crop essential to the survival of the species. Much of the operation is done by robotics and automated machinery, all controlled by a supercomputer on the moon Titan. Though a marvel of technological efficiency, a human caretaker is still a necessity. On one regular inspection shift, this caretaker encounters a situation which defies logic, tests courage, and reveals the power of the human spirit.
on July 21, 2018 :
There is extensive—and impressive—discussion of the exacting timing involved in the overall processes of which the man is a part. From my engineer’s perspective, the timing is too tight, and the preparation for the inevitable errors is lacking. BUT: That is just like much of everyday life, isn’t it?
As a previous reviewer said, the ending does stay in the mind. This story is quite good.
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on Jan. 4, 2018 :
Enjoyed the description of the workplace, even though my inner physicist insisted on balking at a couple of parameters. Nice classical dilemma, too. Would have preferred less heroic resignation and more angry regrets, but that‘s just a matter of taste, right?