The best scenes are the ones that promise the impossible and deliver.
Be it books, films, comics, whatever, it’s a rare treat when something is built up beyond all reasonable expectations and then doesn’t turn out to be a great, sucking heap of disappointment. But let’s face it, it doesn’t happen very often. This places creators in a tough position: the more you promise, the more you have to deliver. Or to put it another way, the higher you jump the more likely you are to end up flat on your face.
As the fourth book in Ian Sales’s well-regarded Apollo Quartet, All That Outer Space Allows was already promising a fair bit.