Dark Water's Embrace by Stephen Leigh
Approx. 124,990 words.
Published on October 26, 2009 by
On the planet Mictlan, a small colony of stranded humans struggles to survive despite a diminishing birthrate and a high incidence of physical abnormalities. The cultural conflict engendered by the discovery of the mummified corpse of Mictlan's now extinct former inhabitants forces the human community to reshape its moral principles to accommodate a bold & troubling solution to their problems.