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"The Star to Every Wandering Barque": 11/19/07
The third story in October/ November issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction is a short story by James Stoddard that paints a rosy utopic future for mankind. For some unknown reason a sunset inspires all of mankind to see the world differently one day.
The protagonist, an A/V technician for NASA, has his depression over the Columbia destruction lifted. He reports over the course of days how the world changes not only for himself but for everyone else. Ultimately the change in mankind brings about world peace, an end to hunger and the development of deep space travel.
Overall I enjoyed this short story but it is clearly one man's version of utopia. Stoddard's vision of the perfect future isn't necessarily my vision of utopia but it is still an entertaining story for what it is.