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The Best We Can by Carrie Vaughn
Edited by Ann VanderMeer.
Cover Artist: Greg Ruth
Review by Sam Tomaino  
Date: 29 July 2013

Links: The Best We Can / /

Here is the original short story, “The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn, available at This short story was acquired and edited for by consulting editor Ann VanderMeer.

Every month, Tor posts stories on their website, excerpts from novels, comics and articles. They are free so I recommend you check them out. Each new story will be reviewed separately. This was one of five stories posted July 17, 2013 to celebrate's fifth anniversary.

"The Best We Can" by Carrie Vaughn -- Astronomers tracking and photographing asteroids find something odd. On further study, Unidentified Object One (UO-1) turns out to be "approximately 250 meters long, with a fan shape at one end, blurred at the other, as if covered with projections too fine to show up at that resolution. The rest was perfectly straight, a thin stalk holding together blossom and roots, the lines rigid and artificial."

It is obviously made by someone not from Earth and is proof of extraterrestrial intelligence. The question is: What are they going to do about it?

Jane, our narrator, is the one who first spotted the object and she proposes several things to do about it. What eventually is done makes for a very good story.

[Read the story by clicking on the link in our link section at the top of this article.]

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