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The Empty Quarter (a short story)

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A science fiction short story about personal and ecological loss. What if your colony's glorious history was a lie? Two young surveyors travel into the desert dunes. It's been 500 hundred years since human colonists terraformed their planet. No signs of alien life have surfaced in all that time. But now, a tragic accident in the sands uncovers a long-buried secret. The early settlers lied, and the future is changed forever. A 2200 word short story. First published in 2018 in the Australian science fiction and fantasy magazine  Aurealis edition 115 , edited by Dirk Strasser. Newly published as an ebook.  BUY ebook