Passing in the Night by Michael Kingswood
Approx. 14,000 words.
Published on August 6, 2011 by
A year-long shift in the middle of the interstellar void can be dull. For the Fourth shift crew of the starliner Pericles, enroute to Earth from one of the colonies, the passage could best be called routine.
Until sensors detect an unknown and unexpected object ahead. What they find in the endless night of space will forever change their universe.
Assuming they survive to tell about it.