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The Stars Before Us

Six Stories of Humans among Stars and Aliens


Charles Wentworth

Copyright © 2012 by Charles L. Wentworth

Smashwords Edition

Cover Photo by Goran David/

This book is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission

Table of Contents

Gift of Music, Gift of Stones

Harry and the Quick Fix

In Her Image




Gift of Music, Gift of Stones

Once, in a rare display of self-discipline, Jasper Howland chose to spend his night off in a different way, away from the riotous, carousing night life that had always drawn him in like a babe to a bosom. It was the night his life started to work for the first time, really.

Jasper had been stranded on Elginia for six months, trying without success to make it back home to Earth. Standing outside the spaceport terminal for the twenty-seventh time, disappointed again, he looked up at Elginia's starry night sky and sighed in angry frustration. He dropped his zolaphone case to the ground, and the strings of the musical instrument vibrated in jangling protest.

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