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Thread: Nostalgic query: Mercury story
November 4th, 2009, 12:11 PM #1
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Nostalgic query: Mercury story
Back in the sixties I read a story about Mercury that has stayed with me: a space ship has made a forced landing on Mercury in the "twilight" zone (written before Mercury was found to rotate) and the occupants have taken refuge in a cave. It's found that lifespans are so accelerated that people are born, live and die in the span of a few days.
Many generations later a young man is determined to try what many before have tried, and failed: run back to the spaceship in the short span of time between subzero predawn and roasting sunrise. That's the setup of the story.
Anyone recognize this one?
November 4th, 2009, 07:06 PM #2
Arrrrgh. I think I've read this one too...... can't remember it though. Brain strain.