The Economy of Vacuum: 07/25/10
"The Economy of Vacuum" by Sarah Thomas explores Virginia is a celebrity explorer, sent to the moon to get people excited about colonizing the moon while testing the limits of the human psyche by an extended period of time alone.
As Jeff explains at Filling my Mind with Geh, Sarah Thomas captures the raw pioneering spirit and the horrors that go hand in hand with being one of the first.
For me the story was mostly a mood piece. There are some moments of dialogue at the start when Virginia is preparing for her mission and at the end when she is brought home. Mostly though, "The Economy of Vacuum" leaves us inside Virginia's mind as she slowly slips into madness.
The story reminds me in tone of The Twilight Zone episode, "Where is Everybody" which aired December 31, 1969.