Copyright John Argo 2012
Published by Clocktower Books at Smashwords
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The crash landing on N60A jarred Paul Menard's teeth and mauled him around in his web seat. It wasn’t his spouse Licia’s flying nearby in the pilot seat, but the thousand-year sleep from which the ship and the last six surviving humans had just awakened. Would computer programs written a millennium ago work? The ancient code had been written on a dying Earth, choking in clouds—like a new gas giant, on a smaller scale, but just as toxic and deadly—by programmers and engineers who were by now long dust and forgotten.
Far from the now lost Earth, the last six human pioneers were making their hard landings on the alien world that was mankind’s last and only hope for survival. At the moment, smashed around in a blur so that his teeth rattled and his eyes dimmed, Menard’s only thought was of surviving through the next few seconds.
Then they could worry about their fresh, sweet, green new home with its flowing rivers and blue skies, its oxygen-rich winds and tiny birds unlike the giant, evolved raptors terrorizing ancient Earth’s high cloud deck.