Pat Murphy has won many awards for her thoughtful, literary, science fiction, including the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, and the Christopher Award. Her favorite color is ultraviolet. Her favorite book is the one she is working on right now.
Exploding, Like Fireworksby Pat Murphy
Angel, a 20-year-old robotics engineer, is visiting Moon Talk on a poetry/engineering
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On the space station known as Moon Talk, engineers and poets work together to prototype and manufacture communications satellites. The founder of the station decided to include poets because they specialize in communicating high-density information in very short bursts.
Angel, a 20-year-old robotics engineer, is visiting Moon Talk on a poetry/engineering internship when an accident on the station’s hull leaves her paralyzed. Unable to return to Earth where the relentless pull of gravity would kill her, Angel must make the station her home.
Though her body is trapped, the poets and engineers who run Moon Talk find a way for Angel’s consciousness to escape the confines of the station. The robotics staff jacks Angel first into a robotic unit on the station’s hull, and then into a body that can move about the station’s interior. She inhabits a robotic probe that prospects among the orbiting rocks of the asteroid belt. But that's just the beginning of Angel's journey.
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Review of Exploding, Like Fireworks by Pat Murphy 5 stars Reading Pat Murphy’s outstanding science fiction is always mind-expanding, the equivalent of traveling to other worlds from the comfort of my armchair. In this entry, Angel is a twenty-year-old intern on Moon Talk, an artificial colony-space station founded by a combination of poets and engineers from the U.S.’s prestigious M.I.T., and named for a Mark Twain quote. In a freakish accident, Angel finds herself paralyzed, and of course despair follows; but the inhabitants of Moon Talk are nothing if not creative, in both robotics and poetry. They refuse to accept that her physiological condition should be the end. I so love the process in this book: from normal routine life (okay, in the future, because most of us don’t live on or visit space stations), to total unending despair, to the light at the end of the tunnel-and beyond. I think I could reread this story over and over again. Definitely I shall not easily forget or forgo its ending. I reviewed an e-book copy from the publisher, via Goodreads Group Making Connections, in return for my fair and impartial review.