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Shipwreck in the Sky

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Author: Eando Binder (Earl and Otto Binder)
Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,888 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,518
Added to site: 2009.06.16
mnybks.net#: 24437
Origin: gutenberg.org

The flight into space that made Pilot-Capt. Dan Barstow famous.

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There is a warm feeling about welcoming back into the pages of a science fiction magazine the work of a writer who is a legend in the genre. So, here's Binder and a neatly wrapped-up package of a folktale of the future.

shipwreck in the sky

by ... Eando Binder

The flight into space that made Pilot-Capt. Dan Barstow famous.

The flight was listed at GHQ as Project Songbird. It was sponsored by the Space Medicine Labs of the U.S. Air Force. And its pilot was Captain Dan Barstow.

A hand-picked man, Dan Barstow, chosen for the AF's most important project of the year because he and his VX-3 had already broken all previous records set by hordes of V-2s, Navy Aerobees and anything else that flew the skyways.

Dan Barstow, first man to cross the sea of air and sight open, unlimited space. Pioneer flight to infinity. He grinned and hummed to himself as he settled down for the long jaunt. Too busy to be either thrilled or scared he considered the thirty-seven instruments he'd have to read, the twice that many records to keep, and the miles of camera film to run. He had been hand-picked and thoroughly conditioned to take it all without more than a ten percent in

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2013.03.08
Sardo Weems
***..

A sub-orbital flight goes wrong when the rocket clips the Earth's second moon--the one no one knew about.

It's an interesting, if dated, story, and the pilot's escape from the moon is amusing. The pilot is so gung-ho that he's unrealistic, but it's just a pulp story.


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