billed as a virginal production by M. J. Locke, this "debut" novel
really represents the stealth relaunch of a fine writer, Laura Mixon-Gould. A
state-of-the-art solar system space opera finds the heroine struggling against
an assortment of engineering troubles that bedevil the asteroid colony of
Phoecea. A page-turning parable, one might say, for the crumbling
infrastructure of our own era.
May 22: The video game Pac-Man, featuring "the most iconic character from the golden age of arcade video games," was released on this day in 1980. Over the next decade, gamers spent over $2.5 billion in quarters…