Sandra McDonald and Stephen D. Covey. The Road to NPS. (Engineering Infinity)

A more traditional SF story than others in the volume so far, but still well told and enough neat touches to make is rise above the norm.

Out on icy Europa, Ra (aka The Crazy Samoan) is six years into a contract that is little more than indentured labour, and he’s playing for high stakes when he underbids his employer for a contract to deliver goods to the regular shuttle. Just how high the stakes are is shown straight away, suggesting that his paranoia is not that, but that the odds are being stacked against him. There’s a surprise change to his travelling companion, a nicely portrayed teen, and …. stuff happens and they have to avoid more stuff to make the rendezvous.

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