McArthur’s World is a frozen planet which has been bled dry by mineral mining corporations for three decades. When there is nothing left but ice and snow, the last freighter lifts off carrying away every remaining human being. When it crashes in a wilderness no one has ever returned from, there are only two survivors: a miner who wants to get back to the children he has not seen for two years, and the woman who forced him to come to McArthur’s World in the first place.
They think they’re alone, until the shrieks in the darkness come.
Review 4 of 5 Stars
I received a copy of this short story from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was a good short story about survival. I’ve read some of Mr. Bale’s other short stories and really enjoy his writing style. Like Chukotka, another story by Mr. Bale, his characters are challenged by the elements for their survival. As if that wasn’t bad enough, something seems to be hunting our characters.
What I really enjoy about Mr. Bale’s short stories are the internal battles that his characters fight and that he does a good job of conveying those thoughts and feelings. The creatures were interesting and I liked the thoughts the author shared about their hunting habits, etc.
Anyway, this was a short story so not a lot more to say. I enjoyed reading it. I like the author’s voice and am interested in reading more from him as time permits. If you read it, I hope you’ll enjoy it.