Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo

by John Varley
Reviewed date: 2003 Sep 13
Rating: 2
101 pages
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Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo is an OK novella. Not incredibly imaginative, but competently written. The basic gist of the story is that a long-deserted and quarantined space station is discovered to have a survivor on board. The problem then becomes to discover who this survivor is, how he managed to survive, and what to do with him--all this being complicated by the fact that the station is unapproachable due to being under quarantine. Anybody who approaches within 5km will be blasted to pieces by the automatics on the station--and then there is the intriguing issue of why the station is under quarantine anyway...

I don't recommend this story for casual readers of SF. Casual readers should pick up something more easily digestable, like an Asimov or an Anderson or a Clarke novel.

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