The Birth of Zakaria (Tales from the Middle Empires Vol. II)
by J. Patrick Sutton
On a sad, spent world, life long ago went underground. The subterranean society of Linnet depends on a planetary systems controller, Sys, for all their wants and needs. As the tide of fundamentalism washes over the galactic empire and the remote colony on Linnet, a barbarian princess commissions a ship for her escape. The people of Linnet, and their once-great shipworks, will never be the same.