Ares Zone-A by Stephen D. Sullivan
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Approx. 2,240 words.
Published on September 30, 2010.
The fate of Mars hangs on the job of Security Screener; one missed terrorist could mean explosions, death, or even the destruction of an Ares colony. Can Screener First-Class Anone cope with the pressure as her colony marches to war, or will she fall victim to a rebel attack? "Ares Zone-A" is a stand-alone science fiction short story set in a terrifying future with echoes of the present.