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The Year's best science fiction : seventh annual collection

by Gardner R Dozois;

  Print book : Fiction  |  1st ed

Selected story summaries   (2018-11-07)


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by billborre

"Alphas" by Gregory Benford - Aliens referred to as Alphas use a cosmic string to mine the core of Venus. Chansing is sent out in a stealth ship to get a look at what they're doing and an Alpha kills his crew and tosses Chansing's suit into the hoop created by the string. Chansing is able to save himself by venting refrigerant and the Alpha, impressed with Chansing's ability to escape the death trap, places him back inside his ship. With the help of a survivor, Chinsing repairs the ship enough to make it back to Earth.

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