“What do I have to be depressed about?”
Short story opening with a Wizard of Oz tie-in. Creative tying of Baum’s classic to previous novels set in Kowal’s Lady Astronaut universe.
“It shames me that my first reaction was anger. How dare he?”
Quibble: “They’ve got a slingshot that can launch a ship up to near light speed.” Maybe someday, but not with then-current technology. These folks still use punch cards to program computers.
“The decision would be easier if I knew when he would die. I still hate myself for thinking that.”