by Robert Jeschonek
A mistake by space linguist Jalila could cost an alien species their lives. The crew of the starship Ibn Battuta has 24 hours to prepare planet Vox to face an invasion fleet. But when Jalila mistakenly uses a forbidden slur, the locals attack their supposed saviors. As revolution and invasion collide, only Jalila can save her shipmates and the aliens by revealing the secret behind the killer slur.