“Satellite Passage,” Theodore L. Thomas, 1958 – American anxiously astronauts await the pass by of a manned Soviet satellite. Will this be the time they plot a collision course? But as the satellite passes, the Americans realize that there are Soviet cosmonauts stranded outside. They quickly help the cosmonauts connect with their satellite again; they wave to each other amiably in goodbye. But, rather than feel a rush of pride, of glory for the Americans or triumph, the narrator tastes “ashes” in his mouth.
Comments: Themes of the Cold War, the Space Race, astronauts, nationalism. Read in Best of the Best.
Author: Wikipedia: “Theodore Lockard Thomas (born 1920) is an American chemical engineer and attorney who wrote more than 50 science fiction short stories, published between the early 1950s to the late 1970s. He also collaborated on two novels with Kate Wilhelm, as well as producing stories under the pseudonyms of Leonard Lockard and Cogswell Thomas, and has been nominated for a Nebula award and a Hugo Award.”