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His name in lights

Patty Jansen

First published in the Universe Annex of the Grantville Gazette issue 33

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Copyright 2010 Patty Jansen

Cover image: 2013 Patty Jansen

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Short story set in the ISF-Allion universe.

His Name In Lights

The time display said 33.16, an hour and a half after sunset. Daniel was so tired that he no longer appreciated the spectacular sky where Jupiter occupied a significant proportion of the horizon, an immense ball in white and red pajama-stripes. By its red-orange light, he staggered off the plate-ramming machine, rubbing muscles stiff with fatigue.

"Finished," he said, a pre-set command, voice-cast to the immediate surroundings. His tech-bot team needed only that one word to start packing, which they did with their usual robotic efficiency.

Oscar rose from a crouch where he had been taking measurements. His voice-cast went straight into Daniel's ears. "Hurry up. Scanner says an earthquake's coming this way."

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