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Brightside Crossing

Alan Edward Nourse

Book Overview: 

Four men set out to prove their mettle by crossing the bright side of Mercury when it is closest to the sun. A feat which no one has ever done and survived. The odds are against them and they will need all of their expertise and courage if they are to succeed. Even that might not be enough.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Twilight Lab up there and began to get Brightside into my blood, sure as death.

But it was Mikuta’s idea to attempt a Crossing. Did you ever know Tom Mikuta? I don’t suppose you did. No, not Japanese—Polish-American. He was a major in the Interplanetary Service for some years and hung onto the title after he gave up his commission.

He was with Armstrong on Mars during his Service days, did a good deal of the original mapping and surveying for the Colony there. I first met him on Venus; we spent five years together up there doing some of the nastiest exploring since the Matto Grasso. Then he made the attempt on Vulcan Crater that paved the way for Balmer a few years later.

I’d always liked the Major—he was big and quiet and cool, the sort of guy who always had things figured a little further ahead than anyone else and always knew what to do in a tight place. Too many men in th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Humans have an insatiable desire to be the first to do anything, and even after someone’s done it before them, then they want to do it faster, with less equipment, or even on stilts. Nourse takes that idea and extends it to what will likely happen at some point: the desire of humans to traverse Merc

A short story, one of Nourse's best. An old style adventure yarn of an expedition trying to be the first to cross Mercury's "bright side." A little dated in it's language and description of Mercury, maybe, but still a classic tale of space exploration. Written back when just the idea of exploring th