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Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Frozen Sky by Jeff Carlson

Writers of the Future, XXIII

On Europa the talented Vonnie, armored in an AI suit, runs down ice tunnels on an alien planet to escape the pursuit of aliens chase her--eight-armed amphibian starfish. Curiously, the walls are covered in hieroglyphs and other biological tell-tales, suggesting sentience, or former sentience. As her crew dies, Vonnie must find her way to those coming to save her, yet her battle for survival battles with her desire that this alien life remains alive.

The deeply imaginative adventure quickly establishes his ability and is reminiscent of a Stephen Baxter tale.

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