Tyris is out in deep space, looking for a planet that isn’t on any star maps. Could this be it?


Tyris’s attention was drawn straight to the large monitor taking up most of the space on the right wall. A single planet filled the screen. Brown mists swirled around a crater that tore a hole in the large southern continent, a chilling indication that some tragedy that had happened here. Battered and broken, it was hard to believe it had ever supported life.

The camera zoomed in, bringing the surface closer, and signs of human habitation hovered at one edge of the crater. Neat squares that had once been city blocks surrounded by the unnaturally straight lines of roads.