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Under the Graying Sea

posted Nov 26, 2009, 6:57 PM by Jonathan Sherwood   [ updated Nov 27, 2009, 8:20 PM ]

Tessa’s head snapped back into its cradle and her lips slid away from her teeth. The shock slapped the fog off the inside of her helmet and misted her face. Behind her, Loránd groaned as he pressed into his own seat. And behind him, past two hundred pounding meters of metal and deuterium, the largest protospike engine in history opened its mouth and screamed at the stars. Nothing went wrong. Not at first..."

"This is science fiction. Hard science fiction — the Real Stuff, not the so-called “hard SF” that’s nothing more than galactic adventures and thrilling space battles, in which a futuristic veneer overlays the fantastic core. Here, the wormhole is the only concession to unreality. Very rarely do we see this kind of fiction these days, and more rarely still do we see it done this well." - Internet Review of Science Fiction

12,000 words long, heavily physics-oriented science fiction, first published in Asimov's Science Fiction in February 2006.

Read Under the Graying Sea online or in a printable version here. You can also listen to it as an audiobook, read by Mur Lafferty, here.

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