Friday, November 14, 2008

Mike Resnick's "A Better Mousetrap" (flash fiction, free)

A much softer variation on A Bertram Chandler's well known story "Giant Killer".

Story summary.

In the year 3014 AD, an earth ship docks with "Heisenberg Space Station out between Europa and Callisto". Station had long been abandoned; it's the first time humans are entering the station in 900 years.

They find the station infested with rats. And getting rid of them proves more difficult than anticipated, until someone thinks up ancient technology.

Fact sheet.

First published: Nature, 15 November 2007.
Rating: B
Download full text from The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation. [via QuasarDragon & SF Signal]
Related: All stories of Mike Resnick.