Saturday, June 8, 2013

Eric Cline's "Red Star Falling, in Multimedia" (short story, free): "True" story of the first man in space

Illustration accompanying the original publication in Cosmos magazine of short story Red Star Falling, in Multimedia by Eric Cline. Image presumably illustrates the fictional spacecraft used by fiction first human in space, the craft that became his tomb.
I'm not sure what to think of it - it's an unusual story with an unusual structure.

There is a back story - Yuri Gagarin wasn't the first man in space; a year before him, another Russian named Viktor was the first man. But he died up there & event was hushed by a secretive Soviet authority.

This story is about telling the "true" story of Viktor now, using various media.

Fact sheet.

First published: Cosmos, 6 June 2013.
Download full text from publisher's site.
Rating: B.