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Exile on a Primitive World

by Sean Brandywine

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2013 Sean Brandywine

Published by Strict Publishing International

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Chapter I. Death of a Planet

In the cold, empty stillness of space there suddenly appeared a blossom of white light, a burst of energy forming a sphere that immediately exploded outward at the speed of light, leaving behind a silent, dark shape where nothing had been before. That shape was itself a sphere with a black surface that did not reflect any of the faint starlight falling upon it, absorbing, indeed, all energy coming to it.

For a long time that shape did nothing. It simply sat there, unmoving and silent, all but invisible to any eyes. Then a small spot on one point of its surface began glowing a soft red that shifted to an orange then a yellow and finally a white, increasing the intensity as it did and expanding until it covered half the sphere. The shape began to move in the opposite direction. Ahead of it, a bright star shone among the uncountable diamonds forming a broad band across existence. This far out from the center of the galaxy, stars were few, stragglers among a hundred globular clusters that formed a halo for the spiraling disk of the galaxy, the home of three hundred billion stars. That bright star was its destination.

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