Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo by John Varley

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Topics for Discussion

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Imagine that you are the person who must decide what to do about the space station and Charlie. How would you make your decision based on the level of technology Varley portrays in Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo?

2. Does Bach do what is right?

3. Varley leaves some questions unanswered, such as why Charlie has not aged. How does this affect your appreciation of the story?

4. Why is Bach, a seemingly intelligent woman, attracted to empty-headed men?

5. Why would it make a difference about whether she should live or die if Charlie is thirty-seven years old instead of seven?

6. How would a happy ending change Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo? Say that Charlie lives: Would Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo be better or worse? What else would have to be changed to suit the new ending?

7. Most great literary works touch on universals in the human condition; that is, they explore issues that nearly all people have in common. To be great, a work of literature must offer profound insights into such issues. What universals of the human condition does Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo explore? How well does it explore them?