P.A. Cornell is an award-winning Chilean-Canadian author whose fiction has appeared in numerous markets. In 2022 she published her SF novella, Lost Cargo. For more on her work visit pacornell.com.
When Parker signed up for the new colony world, they said the journey would be easy; just a nice, long stasis nap, followed by a smooth descent in landing pods. But when an asteroid impact damages their pod, Parker and her fellow passengers are prematurely launched and left stranded on a wild, uninhabited moon – the remnant of a failed terraforming experiment. With no way to call for help, the group must race against a rapidly-closing window of time to reach an abandoned camp before their slim chance at rescue is gone forever. This journey will be far from easy as the dangers of this alien landscape reveal themselves at every turn, and the only one who can lead them through it is Parker – but she has her own priorities, and survival may not be one of them.