The Salt Moon Robots by Chester Burton Brown
Approx. 21,040 words.
Published on June 28, 2012.
Crash-landed in a salt desert, a young captain and his mysterious passenger must hitch a lift on giant mining platforms pulled by herds of robots across a world where indentured workers compete for their freedom. The events of this journey will change the rules of the game forever for the travelers, the miners, and the robots alike.