Queen Bee by Keith Brooke
Approx. 6,090 words.
Published on September 25, 2011 by
Domed cities; a lost lover; alien lifeforms whose biochemical excretions might kill you or worse... Colvin Stark must battle deadly jungle and primitive settlers to find his fleeing lover, and his destiny. Traditional science fiction with a contemporary spin, Queen Bee showcases the short fiction talent of an author described by Locus as belonging in "the recognized front ranks of SF writers".