This is the big time. (Edit: Download link here if you want to skip all the fuss.)
Previously in this series I've been posting bits of earlier work that wouldn't otherwise have seen the light of day. Today, it's a different situation entirely. "The Platinum Desolation," my first truly published work, is one of eighteen stories collected in Return to Luna, an anthology published by Hadley Rille Books. Today I'm making it available to you under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.
Because I believe in the principle of information and of sharing. I like my storiess to be read and I want to give people the opportunity to read them however they can. To that end, so long as you abide by the covenants of the Creative Commons license, you're free to circulate this story as you will.
"The Platinum Desolation" is a story of lunar discovery. "Adventure" isn't the right word. In an environment as lifeless as the moon, the people who go there to spend their days will have to deal with situations that may resemble what's been done on Earth for millennia immemorial, but distorted by the harshness of nature. It's a story of justice.
I've prepared plain text and PDF versions for download, and full details are inside the files. If you really like them, I'd suggest you go over to the Hadley Rille website, and see about giving the anthology as a whole a try - online purchasing links are available in the text and PDF files. I've got an inkling that the other seventeen authors would really appreciate that.
And to quote the Great Ones (well, one of them, at least), be excellent to each other.
Previously on Common Words