Mission: Tomorrow

Mission: Tomorrow edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt - front cover from Baen BooksEditor: Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Cover Artist: Stephan Martinière
Released: November 2015
Publisher: Baen Books
ISBN: 978-1-4767-8094-8
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“These 19 often satirical, sometimes hopeful stories depict a variety of near futures…Editor Schmidt adds Grandmasters to a mix of newer and established names and balances the tragic with the humorous.”—Publisher’s Weekly

NEW STORIES OF THE FUTURE OF SPACE EXPLORATION. Original anthology of stories about near-future space exploration from top authors. Includes stories by Jack McDevitt, Michael F. Flynn, Sarah A. Hoyt, Ben Bova, Mike Resnick, and many more.

In Mission: Tomorrow, science fiction writers imagine the future of space exploration with NASA no longer dominant. Will private companies rule the stars or will new governments take up the call? From Brazilians to Russians to Chinese, the characters in these stories deal with everything from strange encounters, to troubled satellites and space ships, to competition for funding and getting there first. Nineteen stories of what-if spanning the gamut from Mercury to Pluto and beyond, assembled by critically praised editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt.


Contents:
   “Tombaugh Station” by Robin Wayne Bailey
   “Excalibur” by Jack McDevitt
   “The Race for Arcadia” by Alex Shvartsman
   “A Walkabout Amongst the Stars” by Lezli Robyn
   “Sunrise on Mercury” by Robert Silverberg
   “In Panic Town, on the Backward Moon” by Michael F. Flynn
   “The Ultimate Space Race” by Jaleta Clegg
   “Orpheus’ Engines” by Christopher McKitterick
   “Around the NEO in 80 Days” by Jay Werkheiser
   “Iron Pegasus” by Brenda Cooper
   “Airtight” by Michael Capobianco
   “Windshear” by Angus McIntyre
   “On Edge” by Sarah A. Hoyt
   “Tartaros” by Mike Resnick
   “Malf” by David D. Levine
   “Ten Days Up” by Curtis C. Chen
   “The Rabbit Hole” by James Gunn
   “Rare (Off) Earth Elements” by Ben Bova
   “Tribute” by Jack Skillingstead

“This collection will appeal to a wide range of readers, who will appreciate the diversity of stories from such writers as Jack McDevitt, Alex ­Shvartsman, Brenda Cooper, Sarah A. Hoyt, Mike Resnick, and more. With the release of The Martian starring Matt Damon and the soon-to-be-televised series based on James S.A. Corey’s Expanse space operas, this anthology serves as a solid introduction to a classic genre.”—Library Journal

“There’s a lot of variety here…a nice, meaty anthology ofspace travel tales that has something for everyone.”—Don Sakers, Analog

Mission: Tomorrow is an anthology that explicitly places itself near SF’s core – straightforward stories set in the near future, most focusing on Solar System exploration – and it’s quite successful, with a set of a consistently entertaining stories.”—Rich Horton, Locus