by Todd A. Burnett
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“~Touchdown in approximately forty-five seconds~”
In the black of space, stars glint in through the dusty windows. The view below, through the panel in the floor, is of Eltanin Gamma.
A small cargo vessel descends several dozen miles above this planet in, what is from Earth, the Draco constellation. The Association hasn’t landed a craft here for decades. For a moment, as the little ship passes through a few thick clouds in the atmosphere, the scene is obscured. Only moments before, the blue-green haze of the planet looked the size of a ball, a child’s toy. Leaving the clouds behind, Gamma’s green horizon stretches off in all directions; Eltanin shining brightly in the east.