On 20468 Petercook
by Andy Duncan
Cover Artist: Scott Brundage
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 27 April 2012
During each month, Tor posts stories at www.tor.com, excerpts from novels, comics, and articles. They are free so I recommend you check them out. Each new story will be reviewed separately. This story was posted on April 11, 2012.
The introduction to "On 20468 Petercook" by Andy Duncan tells us it's about "Stanley and George, two resolute employees of Trans-Space Enterprises tasked with adjusting reflective sheets on solar sails attached to asteroids, miniature planetoids, and the like".
When we look the picture that goes with the story, we find their faces disturbingly familiar. We also find that George's last name is Spigott, but we don't know if Stanley's last name is Moon. There is an AI named Margaret and the description of her face is also disturbingly familiar. To top it all off, their ship is the St. Beryl! Yes, this story is an homage to the original Bedazzled and is, in fact, dedicated to Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Eleanor Bron. The story, itself, is unimportant. It's mostly just a conversation between George and Stanley. That's what's so delicious. It's done in the style of a Peter Cook and Dudley Moore routine and you can hear their voices speaking the dialog. This was just loads of fun and a delight.
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