A Little Monster

Grace, chagrined, took a long sip from her coffee. She considered Avonaco as she did. She hadn’t figured the kid out. He had deftly extracted her from ITB. He’d broken into their security network and somehow—she’d have to ask about this later—managed to evade the array of infrared sensors protecting the cellblock.

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Corey OstmanPodPooch
Blue Gel

Grace felt numb, her thoughts wrenching from one image to the next. There was no logic, no direction. She was a marionette worked by grief. She stared at the frayed edge along the bottom of Kyran’s lab coat. He should repair that. She didn’t understand why he’d wear cheap fabric when mimic would be superior.

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Corey OstmanCeres Rising
Dreams in Ink

Jacob Rander opened his eyes at the sound of water. He felt the cool wall of the canyon on his back where he’d fallen asleep in the shade. He rose, rubble crackling beneath his feet, and hiked down the rocky slope toward a narrow river, flowing fast. More than once his boot slid, a spray of rocks preceding him, so he took a leisurely pace, checking his steps.

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Corey OstmanCeres Rising
Infiltrate

In the brief silence that followed, Grace spied the access port. It was a small silver rectangle at waist level, just within reach of her right hand. She couldn’t quite see all of it, but she could verify it by touch.

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Corey OstmanPort Casper
Severomorsk Approach

Taisia didn’t turn around as Grace entered the cockpit.

“Take any seat, Protector.”

The pilot faced forward, her attention focused on the yoke in her right hand and a flashing keypad just below the throttle on her left.

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Corey OstmanPodPooch
Spiral-4

Grace Donner pulls down the long spiral within the Bode-6 outpost on Ceres. Enjoy the music while Grace conducts a tracking exercise to see how well she can navigate low gravity.

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Corey OstmanCeres Rising
Ceres

Grace's first glimpse of Ceres is aboard the belt cruiser Waltz. Plate and Taisia, two asteroid miners (called roiders) explain what she sees. Finally, Tim Trouncer explains how the outposts were constructed.

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Corey OstmanCeres Rising
Donner Ranch

The novel PodPooch is the first glimpse we get of Donner Ranch. The situation for the characters is grim, but the majesty of the setting cannot be underestimated.

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Corey OstmanPodPooch
The Geyser Field

An hour went by, and the lines got closer. They became columns that shimmered as they rose into the sun, their tops bending and falling into wispy arcs as the wind held sway. Grace leaned toward the viewscreen, eager to see.

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Corey OstmanMars Descent