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The year is 2209, and the hour has grown late for the human race.

Famine and disease have drastically compounded the misery of a warming planet, and steps have been taken to cull the human population through a process called Labor--a gauntlet of chaos and destruction all men must survive in order to earn the privilege to become fathers.

It's Bryan Norton's time. Can he survive Labor? More

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Words: 14,130
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458051813
About Daniel Powell

Daniel Powell teaches a variety of courses at a small college in Northeast Florida. He is an avid outdoorsman and long-distance runner, and enjoys fishing the tidal creeks of Duval County from atop his kayak.

He shares a small house near Florida's Intracoastal Waterway with his wife, Jeanne, and his daughter, Lyla. His stories have appeared in Redstone Science Fiction, Brain Harvest, Leading Edge, Something Wicked and Well Told Tales.

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Review by: Joey Jones on June 03, 2011 :
Daniel, this was a great short story. Well done. I love apocalyptic fiction and this is one of the better short stories in the genre that I have read.
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Review by: Annmarie McQueen on June 03, 2011 :
Awesome story. Just been sitting here reading it for the past three hours, and it was so worth it. I really liked how you portrayed the familial relationships, and the characters were wonderfully developed. And I love that last simile :)
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