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Day 3: Beach Blanket Spaceship by Sandra McDonald

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Who could possibly resist a story with the title Beach Blanket Spaceship? Not me, that’s for sure.

It starts ordinarily enough, like any good 50s beach movie with the gang heading out for the beach. But things aren’t quite right here:

Danny, with his dashing good looks and honey voice, always leads the way. Riding shotgun in Danny’s yellow jeep is Colonel Frank Merullo, United States Air Force. He’s wearing his full NASA spacesuit, including boots, gloves and a closed helmet with reflective shielding. He doesn’t sing along with the gang.

And if you’ve read SF before, you likely know that something’s going horribly wrong for Merullo, even if you aren’t sure what it is.

He quickly realizes that he’s in a simulation and assumes there’s been a malfunction with the computer, but the failsafe never kicks in. In the end, it’s a nostalgic and sweet endless summer love story, where the protagonist died in a spaceship accident and now live on in the afterlife of the simulation.

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Written by Chance

September 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm