Thursday, June 3, 2010
Monks in Space by David Jones
Bart is a young apprentice working about a spaceship with an order of monks who make equisite pottery fired directly by the sun as they fly nearby it. The monks have been in space for several years and are looking forward to a trip back to Earth for some rest as soon as they complete their last batch of pottery. But as they prepare to return home they discover that there is not enough fuel to allow them to break out of the Sun's orbit. Without that fuel they will pass so close to the sun that everyone in the ship will die of the heat unless they can think of a way to save themselves before the point of no return.