And I Have Come Upon This Place by Lost Ways • 1972 • novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.

★★★

A scientific mission got to a new world. Underdog Evan sees his chance when he glimpses a strange anomaly. Out of a gut feeling and contradicting empiric measures he risks everything and personally climbs the mountain.

Review

I didn’t fully believe the story’s background – lazy scientists leaving the hard work to computers, calculating the economy of every necessary decontamination versus leaving back a rebellious youth.

But the story flowed nicely as a tragedy.

Meta: ISFDB. First published 1972 in Nova 2. I read it in the collection Her Smoke Rose Up Forever.

 

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