The Boarder: 03/02/08
The first story in the March issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is a historical piece called "The Boarder" by Alexander Jablokov.
"The Boarder" chronicles a series of boarders the protagonist's parents had in their home during his childhood. As his parents are Russian they feel most comfortable bringing in Russian boarders.
The most interesting boarder and the one that the protagonist lingers on the longist is a man named Vassily. He is a tinkerer and has ties to the Soviet space program. Over the course of his ten pages of the twenty page story Vassily gives commentary on the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States.
"The Boarder" is an interesting off-beat look at the early years of the space race but I would have prefered more science fiction or fantasy.