The Chief Designer (novella)
|"The Chief Designer"|
|Genre(s)||Science fiction novella|
|Published in||Asimov's Science Fiction|
|Publication date||June 2001|
"The Chief Designer" is a science fiction novella published in 2001 by Andy Duncan. It won the 2002 Sturgeon Award and was nominated for the 2002 Hugo Award for Best Novella. It also appeared in Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection.
The story follows Sergey Korolyov, an educated man who served as a slave laborer in Siberia but eventually ends up leading the Soviet Union’s space program in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Throughout his many years of service he becomes a very well respected hero in the USSR's space program. Along the way he implements several crucial designs, helps save the lives of many cosmonauts and struggles with constant political power plays.