I just finished reading Snow in the Desert by Neal Asher.
This is a Short Read (novelette) set in the Polity universe from Asher's Cormac novels.
You have sex, violence and plenty of action packed into this punchy little short story. It adds a new bio/tech anomoly to the Polity setting which was interesting, and ties in various aspects from the Polity that we already know and love.
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2 weeks ago