Space Man's Burden by Phil Geusz
Approx. 59,250 words.
Published on August 19, 2013 by
A millennium after the Extinction Wars nearly drove mankind to the brink of annihilation, the survivors reach out to the stars to gather the lost tribes of men together once again. But in doing so they find that some things are perhaps better off lost. Trapped on an alien world and hunted by mercenaries, a First Contact team must find a way to survive and escape.