On Sale: October 27, 2011
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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
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.
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