L’enfer, c’est la Solitude

L’enfer, c’est la Solitude

War is not the only hell in the cold, empty void of space.

Between the orbits of Zarmina and Librus lies a tiny, sun-blasted planetoid called Petra. The name means ‘rock,’ and that’s just what it is—a worthless chunk of space rock. It has no atmosphere, no resources, and too little gravity to sustain a long-term population. At least things were going to be peaceful out there, I tried to console myself. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
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WAR IS NOT THE ONLY HELL IN THE COLD, EMPTY VOID OF SPACE.

(Originally published in the March 2016 issue of Perihelion SF)

Between the orbits of Zarmina and Librus lies a tiny, sun-blasted planetoid called Petra. The name means ‘rock,’ and that’s just what it is—a worthless chunk of space rock. It has no atmosphere, no resources, and too little gravity to sustain a long-term population. About the only thing it’s good for is a gravity assist for travel to the outer planets. But because it lies midway between our two worlds, laying claim to it has been something of a dick measuring contest between our governments.

At least things were going to be peaceful out there, I tried to console myself. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This story is rated T according to the AO3 content rating system.

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Genres: Military Science Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories
Tag: 2016 Release
Publication Year: September 2016
Length: Short Story
List Price: .99
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About the Author
Joe Vasicek

Joe Vasicek fell in love with science fiction with Star Wars as a child and hasn't looked back since. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Genesis Earth, Bringing Stella Home, Heart of the Nebula, and the Star Wanderers and Sons of the Starfarers series. As a young man, he studied Arabic at Brigham Young University and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Utah, which he claims as his home.

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