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Reviewed by Melanie Kennedy for Readers' Favorite
The Save Humanity Project is a science fiction novella by Charles T. Harris. The year is 3798 and the earth is in danger of being hit by the asteroid Ceres 5461. Fortunately for humanity, the mysterious Firm has a plan to zap it into two pieces, with both narrowly missing the earth. We are introduced to the protagonist, Clark, who has been allowed to watch this once-in-a-lifetime event from the moon. Clark keeps a journal of his last few days on earth and his time on the moon, including viewing simulations of the proposed laser tearing through Ceres, which are not looking promising. Unfortunately, the simulations turn out to be omens of humanity’s fate, and in the end, only the scientists on the moon and Clark are left to pick up the pieces.
The Save Humanity Project is a captivating sci-fi short story about the salvation or doom of the earth. Charles T. Harris paints a grim picture of humanity’s future as nations are subject to food rationing and people riot and loot in anticipation of the world’s end. This epistolary novella in the form of diary entries creates a personal connection between the reader and Clark. Every event and feeling he experiences becomes more palpable. I was amazed at Clark’s resilience throughout the whole plot. This is a unique look at mental illness in the face of oblivion. It’s a quirky but captivating story that is easy to read and has heartwarming moments that spoke to a deep part of my soul.