Every future has dirty roots.Marooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company, colonist Runt struggles to eke out an existence on a newly-terraformed tropical planetoid. Since his clone-wife died on entry, he’s been doing the work of two on his failing protein farm. Overworked and... show more
Every future has dirty roots.Marooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company, colonist Runt struggles to eke out an existence on a newly-terraformed tropical planetoid. Since his clone-wife died on entry, he’s been doing the work of two on his failing protein farm. Overworked and undersized, Runt’s dwindling hope of earning corporate citizenship has turned to fear of violent “retirement.”When an overdue crate of provisions crashes on his beach, Runt searches frantically for a replacement wife among the tools and food. Instead he gets Ox, a mute hulk who seems more like a corporate assassin than a simple offworld farmer.Shackwacky and near-starving, Runt has no choice but to work with his silent partner despite his mounting paranoia and the unsettling appeal of Ox’s genetically altered pheromones. Ox plays the part of the gentle giant well, but Runt’s still not convinced he hasn’t arrived with murder in mind.Between brutal desire and the seeds of a relationship, Runt’s fears and Ox’s inhuman past collide on a fertile world where hope and love just might have room to grow.
Publish date: October 30th 2011
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages no: 95
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Short Stories
, M M Romance
, Science Fiction Romance
, Gay Romance
, Gay For You
Series: HardCell (#1)
Ironic to me because just the other day, I was discussing with a friend how suddenly in the past few months, there's been a massive influx in apocalypse-related films (whether post- or pre- or even concurrent).
This book starts out with Runt living on a planet in Andromeda. He was originally sent there to make the planet habitable and but has been basically stranded. He is sent some provisions every so often and has been awaiting his wife that was supposed to be sent to him. When he receives his latest shi...
What just happened? I like this type of story where it's a futuristic pioneer story. I'm always geeked about people trying to cultivate and "seed" the land. I'm not sure why this is so alluring. In this one, Runt, is a small guy who's waiting for a clone wife to be his helpmate. He's totally fa...