Copyright 2010 Michael McCloskey
Published by Michael McCloskey at Smashwords
Cover art by Brom
Special thanks to Kazó Csaba and Peter Rathmann
who helped to improve this novel.
The skyscraper entrance flaunted polished marble floors, which shone in gentle arcs below a sparkling waterfall on the left wall. An image of the Earth rotated slowly before the glistening black tiles of the right wall. Front and center stood a massive hardwood reception desk. The ceiling soared three floors above, with two long balconies overlooking the scene, supported by complex lattices of carbon struts. Light flooded in from a single oval skylight fifty meters across, offering an optically perfect sliver of the blue sky.