Engineer” by Gray Rinehart is a novelette that was published in the
October/November issue of Asimov’s
Science Fiction. The second
engineer of a starship believes she is losing her mind when the vessel starts
“singing” to her.
Finally! Here is a good,
well-written story from this issue of Asimov’s. I was beginning to despair after
reading its first four offerings.
The space navy elements were detailed and authentic, both in terms of
mechanics and military protocol.
The young lieutenant, whose extra-sensory perception results in her
ability (whether she likes it or not) to hear/feel the “emotions” or “song” of
her starship, is a believable character with whom it is easy to identify and
for whom it is easy to cheer. The
plot gradually builds to an exciting climax worthy of Star Trek, and the
mystery of the “singing” is explained just enough to leave the reader satisfied
but wanting to know more. I would
not mind reading an entire novel, or series of them, set in this world with
Steven Wittenberg Gordon, MD