Terry Fallis won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008 for his novel, The Best Laid Plans. Up and Down is his most recent novel and it's pretty funny, too.
David Stewart is a PR man starting a new job in Toronto. He has come from a position spinning announcements from the Minister of Science to working for a PR company that is trying to come up with a plan to help NASA make space "sexy" again.
Through a series of what look like career ending gaffes, David, the new guy, comes up with a contest. Everyone in the United States and Canada is to be given the opportunity to go into space. If their name is drawn in the "Lottery" and if they can handle the training, they will fly the next mission to the International Space Station. The contest to find the Citizen Astronaut from each country is on. Then the wheels fall off. The Canadian winner is a fiesty 71 year-old doctor from Cigar Lake, BC. She doesn't exactly fit anyone's idea of an astronaut. Her age, alone should disqualify her but she has won, fair and square.
The rest of the novel is a rollicking good time as David Stewart and his team find a way for the good doctor to fly into space.
Canadian Satire...what fun!
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