Science Fiction

Launch Window

By Seth Frost
May 21, 2019 · 4,247 words · 16 minutes

This is just after sunset on July 15, 2018 in Irvine, CA USA. I was actually hoping to get a photo of Mercury, but am assured this was Venus.

Photo by Jim Strasma via Unsplash.

From the author: Misty books a redeye flight to the Moon, desperate to stop her sister from making a terrible mistake.


Misty spent six hours waiting in the old airport for one of the buses to take her out to the space elevator. The Stella Nova Bureau had promised her one last chance to see her sister. The bus's grimy windows showed her nothing. At the base of the elevator, she walked past a wall covered in pictures of the ribbon of metal and strange carbon stretching up to the stars. She checked her ticket, keeping the pictures out of her range of vision, and suppressed the atavistic shiver that ran across...

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