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On the edge, all things are possible...From Stranded, by Anthony FrancisShe crested a ridge overlooking the wreckand froze, bewitched.Climbing from the ship were the most beautiful people shed ever seen.They wore armored spacesuits, patched in a thousand places, and painted to look like animals. Helmets folded back revealed inner pressure suits decorated too: one girl in a leopard outersuit had a snakeskin helm, adorned with feathers, over skin painted a pale blue.Serendipity gasped. These were adventurers. The gravity was clearly punishing their slender frames, but they kept going, crawling out of the smoking ship from every hatch, rappelling down on spacelines, tools jangling on their belts when their boots touched the broken earth.Not one of them looked a day over sixteen.That should have meant nothingher grandmother didnt look a day over sixteenbut as fractured shale dislodged by her slogs crackled down the slope, they turned and stared at her with youthful shock. They had none of the smug poise of ancient souls newly young.What Serendipity saw instead, and felt keenly, was fear. Her gut churned. The boys were armed with projectile automatics.Three Great AuthorsThree Great Science Fiction StoriesA Strand In The WebNew York Times Bestselling Fantasy Author Anne Bishop makes her U.S. debut in Science Fiction with this engaging futuristic novella. The Restorers travel the universe fulfilling a purpose handed down through the generations. They live and die aboard city-ships, never knowing the worlds they create and save. What begins as a disastrous training exercise in creating and balancing ecosystems becomes an unexpected fight for survival. The only hope may be the secret project of an untried Restorer team. A Host Of LeechesAward winning author James Alan Gardner pens a wonderfully imaginative tale, in which a young woman wakes to find herself the sole human on an orbiting, mechanical space station. To find a way home, she must navigate the dangerous politics of war between opposing robot leaders.StrandedPopular urban fantasy writer Anthony Francis (Dakota Frost, Skindancer series) explores the clash of ethics and survival when a young, genetically engineered centauress from the ultra-advanced Alliance lays claim to a rare, strategic garden planet, only to find herself captured by a band of rag-tag Frontier refugees whove crashed their vintage ship on her unexpectedly hostile world. On the edge, all things are possible... From Stranded, by Anthony FrancisShe crested a ridge overlooking the wreckand froze, bewitched.Climbing from the ship were the most beautiful people shed ever seen.They wore armored spacesuits, patched in a thousand places, and painted to look like animals. Helmets folded back revealed inner pressure suits decorated too: one girl in a leopard outersuit had a snakeskin helm, adorned with feathers, over skin painted a pale blue.Serendipity gasped. These were adventurers. The gravity was clearly punishing their slender frames, but they kept going, crawling out of the smoking ship from every hatch, rappelling down on spacelines, tools jangling on their belts when their boots touched the broken earth.Not one of them looked a day over sixteen.That should have meant nothingher grandmother didnt look a day over sixteenbut as fractured shale dislodged by her slogs crackled down the slope, they turned and stared at her with youthful shock. They had none of the smug poise of ancient souls newly young.What Serendipity saw instead, and felt keenly, was fear. Her gut churned. The boys were armed with projectile automatics."

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