SEARCHLIGHT

by Robert A. Heinlein. from Scientific American, August 1962. A desperate search is underway for a blind girl, shipwrecked on the Moon. "WILL SHE HEAR YOU?" "If she's on this face of the Moon. If she was able to get out of the ship. If her suit radio wasn't damaged. If she has it turned on. If she is alive. Since the ship is silent and no radar beacon has been spotted, it is unlikely that she or the pilot lived through it." "She's got to be found! Stand by, Space Station. Tycho Base, acknowledge." Reply lagged about three seconds, Washington to Moon and back. Continue reading