"Ruth Nestvold's clever story "Mars: A Traveler's Guide" is simply wonderful. Written as a series of encyclopedia entries being accessed by someone unseen, it explains the workings of the planetary world on which it takes place, but also slowly reveals the compelling story of the person accessing it. Brilliant." (Five Stars)
John DeNardo in SF Signal
"This one is great satire on the drawbacks of computerized help systems."
Sam Tomaino in SFRevu
"The style of this story is perfect. It allows the reader to piece together small clues in order to figure out what is going on. Very well done indeed!"
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About the Author
A former assistant professor of English in the picturesque town of Freiburg on the edge of the Black Forest, Ruth Nestvold has given up theory for imagination. The university career has been replaced by a small software localization business, and the Black Forest by the parrots of Bad Cannstatt, where she lives with her fantasy, her family, her books and no cats in a house with a turret. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous markets, including Asimov's, F&SF, Baen's Universe, Strange Horizons, Scifiction, and Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction. Her fiction has been nominated for the Nebula, Tiptree, and Sturgeon Awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella "Looking Through Lace" won the "Premio Italia" award for best international work. Her novel Flamme und Harfe appeared in translation with the German imprint of Random House, Penhaligon, in 2009 and has since been translated into Dutch and Italian.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well written tale written from a different perspective. One that anyone who has ever tried to use software "help" will appreciate.
This was a delightful 9 page story about someone on a mars adventure trip. The story is darkly funny as you start to realize the tourist needs help and the technology available to him appears to be more and more useless. I recommend reading this if you liked the following movies: the martian, europa report, gravity, 2001 a space odyssey, etc. It's short, read it. Think about it.
Tears of mirth and empathetic frustration rolled down my cheeks.
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That computer always interupts and it only gives a few words and a a new topic then it interupts thats what I mean.