Published (Feb 2024) in: Emerging Worlds, Speculative Fiction Magazine.


Squad Commander Fraser shifted his machine pistol onto the other shoulder and squinted into the low-hanging sun. The hummocky terrain beyond the wall was baked hard, any remaining grass withered white, bouncing the harsh rays into his eyes. Little by little the barren zone merged into scrubby brush, desiccated and barely alive, which stretched as far as the eye could see.

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