Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bud Sparhawk's "The Super" (novella, non-genre): Description of an around the world sailing race

Image included by publisher with the short story titled The Super by Bud SparhawkI suppose someone could call it scifi too - there is some description of technology involved in sailing boats. I'm not familiar with sailboats - cannot say how much of it is futuristic. Title is the name of the race.

Story describes an 80-day race starting somewhere in Europe (probably France), down the Atlantic turning east in "Southern Ocean" around Antarctica, & finally turning north into Atlantic after South America.

There is a lot of description of conditions in the sea, ocean winds & storms, fighting waves, etc. None of which I'm familiar with & must take on faith. And substantial text devoted to preparations before the race.

There is also a shipwreck & rescue near Antarctica. One of the racers meets an accident, & a brave one rescues her. Plus a little bit of talk of global warming & its effects on ocean levels & Antarctica ice shelves in later half.

I found the start a bit tedious, but then it picked up.

Fact sheet.

First published: Jim Baen's Universe, #14 (August 2008).
Rating: A
Related: All stories of Bud Sparhawk.