Tim, Destroyer of Worlds by Chester Burton Brown
Approx. 23,860 words.
Published on February 2, 2012.
Tim is a civilian contractor on the biggest military project in history, helping to build an object so secret it must be hidden on the far side of Saturn. He has fallen in love with a beautiful acrobat, and the consequences of his distraction will be felt worlds away when his research spirals out of control.