The Tears of Things
By Brian Blose
Published: June 13, 2012.
Three fleets of generational ships arrive in a distant solar system at the invitation of an alien artifact. As cultures collide and politicians play games, it becomes obvious that the artifact's benevolent offer is not what it seems.
The salvation of the fleets may depend upon Gabriel, a man who resents them as much as they despise him. They needed a hero. They got something else.