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David Moles is a past finalist for the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the winner of the 2008 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and various anthologies. He lives in California with his family.
Published Sep 29, 2018 · 12,064 words (44 minutes) · 624 views
It’s been ten thousand years since the deluge, ten thousand years since the world of Salomé was cut off from every other human colony, ten thousand years since the collapse of civilization in the interstellar diaspora. Now not one but two interstellar civilizations have found Salomé again. The missionaries of Community Outreach, bringing the promise of freedom. And the traders of Marginal, LLC, bringing the promise of profit. And no one’s asking the people of Salomé what they want.