You’d think that when you came home from a trip to Mars that people would be overcome with emotion at seeing you. But a lackluster reception is what an interplanetary traveler encounters during his taxi ride in Stuart J. Whitmore’s No Fanfare.
An interesting premise beginning, it seems as if it would be promising were it to continue, but the brevity of this short story allows it to go exactly nowhere beyond an inciting incident, which is rather disappointing. This short narrative acts as a prelude and I would certainly be interested to learn more about the trip that Walter took on behalf of NASA because that’s where the action is and would help to further explain his “bizarre” reactions to contemporary facets of life he experiences during his homecoming.
Overall, I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.