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Valentina knows how to live in the community spread throughout the old mining caves under the Martian ice cap. A violent place in a forbidding climate, but home for her and her brother.
Until she wakes from a coma to find her brother gone. Her father thinks her incapable of following them back to the equatorial cities.
He underestimates her – her stubbornness, her courage and her inventiveness. But she underestimates the cold, airless surface of Mars.
A journey from the polar ice cap to the Martian equator? Not enough to stop Valentina. Not with her brother on the line.
When a deadly plague ravaged the Earth refugees fled into space, crowding into any space station or lunar colony that would take them. Decades passed and the descendants of the survivors struggle to live in anything remotely spaceworthy.
Omesh, banished from his Earthly home, finds himself in Barnacle Town. A collection of salvage clinging to the hull of a space station in lunar orbit. Thousands of lives cling precariously to the hull, at the whim of the corporation that owns the station.
The station manager welcomes everyone. But then the CEO arrives, intent on scraping the hull of his craft clean. Omesh and his family, friends and neighbors? Not the corporation’s problem.
With nowhere else to go, Omesh vows to fight for his new home. But physics? More merciless than any CEO.
Kate MacLeod has been published in both fantasy and science fiction. This book collects her nine published short stories as well as two new bonus stories. These tales span from Heian era Japan to the near reaches of space, from alternate world fantasies inspired by Babylon and Mohenjo-Daro to post-apocalyptic air ships that never touch the ground, from light-hearted fare like “Trifle” to the darker “On Desperate Seas”, based on the ill-fated John Franklin Expedition.
This collection includes:
Blood and Ink
Gardens of Wind
Seagull and Raven
Tale of a Fox
On Desperate Seas
The Onmyoji’s Wife
Din Ba Din